CAPWATCH ALERT for Thursday, Feb 26: 2 bills (1 in Senate,1 in House)

UPCOMING HEARINGS – Thursday, February 26, 2015

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSING
Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair
Sen. Josh Green, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

Thursday, February 26, 2015
1:30 p.m.
Room 016

SUPPORT FOR SB 913 – DATA COLLECTION ON CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB913 _.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
CAP wants something to pass. All these bills are a good start to actually caring about these kids. 

  • Currently we are ‘guesstimating’ how many of our children and youth have incarcerated parents
  • Collecting the data will help the state and child advocacy organizations seek funding to help this underserved population
  • Providing services to these keiki will stop intergenerational incarceration 

To SUPPORT this bill, sign into www.capitol.hawaii.gov and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=913

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Joy Sanbuenaventura, Vice Chair

Thursday, February 26, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Room 325

SUPPORT FOR HB 1326  – THEFT
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1326_.pdf      

Increases the monetary threshold to $750 with respect to property or services for theft in the second degree, effective 2016. Provides for 2% automatic yearly increase thereafter.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
This is the best reform of the theft statute yet!  Kudos to Speaker Souki for understanding the cost-benefit analysis (both social and economic)!

To SUPPORT this bill, sign into www.capitol.hawaii.gov and then go to:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1326

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

CAP ACTION ALERT for Wed., Feb. 25th FIN hearing

UPCOMING HEARING
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Room 308

AGENDA #1

HB 365 HD1    BODY CAMS FOR POLICE, $
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB365_HD1_.pdf

Appropriates moneys as a grant-in-aid to the city and county of Honolulu to purchase body cameras for their police officers and to establish a Honolulu Police Department Body Camera Pilot Program, provided that the City and County of Honolulu provide matching funds on a 1:1 basis. (HB365 HD1)

Read Testimony (from first committee):
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2015/Testimony/HB365_TESTIMONY_PBS_02-12-15_.PDF

Read Committee Report (from first committee):
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/CommReports/HB365_HD1_HSCR321_.htm

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT
CAP sat out the first round and will  support.

To SUPPORT this bill
To write in comments (hopefully in OPPOSITION) go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=365

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HB 840 HD1    NEW OCCC NEAR HALAWA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB840_HD1_.pdf

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS
This is that sloppy bill from the Lingle era for a correctional treatment facility that was just re introduced, never updated, and contained  conflicting information. Now it is a bill to move OCCC to Halawa. CAP has many issues with this, the first being the reduction of the population by providing community programs to help folks struggling with substance and mental health disorders. Both treatable, less costly, and more effective when addressed in the community. Why is it so
difficult to make this happen??? WE KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!  We have to keep pushing for the implementation of real alternatives to incarceration

To write in comments go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=840

Confirmation Hearing for Nolan Espinda, Dir. of Pub Safety – Thurs. March 5th

Sen. Espero has set the date for the confirmation hearing. This is your chance to weigh in on this nomination.

Send your testimony in to the capitol website after you have signed in or send it directly to Sen. Espero’s office: PSMtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov

THE SENATE
THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Senator Will Espero, Chair
Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair

NOTICE OF HEARING

DATE: Thursday, March 05, 2015
TIME: 1:15 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 229
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street

A G E N D A

GM 516

      Status & Testimony

Submitting for consideration and confirmation as the Director of the Department of Public Safety, Gubernatorial Nominee, NOLAN ESPINDA, for a term to expire 12-3-2018.

 

 

2.23.15 CAPWATCH 1st Lateral Report

From Kat:

Here is the CAPWATCH 1st Lateral Report. We have managed to help defeat some bad bills, there are some good ones moving, and then, of course, we have all the prison building bills that are pretty vague.

I will be writing more when I have time, but there are bills coming up that I need to write testimony for.

From this point on, I will only ask you to weigh in on really important bills since things move kind of quickly.

Mahalo nui for those who send in testimony. IT REALLY HELPS. Bills with lots of support generally sail out of committee. Mahalo nui.

Please Support Children of Incarcerated Parents, Tues. 2/17 – SB 433

PLEASE SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH INCARCERATED PARENTS!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1:05 p.m.
Room 229

SUPPORT for SB 433 – Children of Incarcerated Parents

To SUPPORT, sign in to capitol.hawaii.gov and go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=433

SB433 (OHA PACKAGE; CORRECTIONS; INCARCERATED PARENTS; DATA COLLECTION)                                     PSM

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB433_.pdf

RELATING TO INCARCERATED PARENTS.
Requires PSD intake service centers to coordinate the collection of data regarding incarcerated parents.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT (CAP Testimony here.)

This bill adds this language to the duties of the Intake Services Center : (9)  Collect or coordinate the collection of data on the number of incarcerated parents, the number of minor children with incarcerated parents, and other information about children with incarcerated parents that the department deems useful to facilitate the provision of services to incarcerated parents and their children.

Right now there are only estimates on how many keiki in Hawai`i have incarcerated parents. The “guesstimate” is 6,000, but no one knows for sure. A 2009 study by Lengyel and Brown concluded:

Finding:
Families, grandparents, and relatives bear the greatest share of costs imposed by the incarceration of a parent. They seldom have adequate resources to fulfill the role they play in the lives of the parent and the parent’s children.

Recommendations:
Initiate supports for partners, grandparents, and relative caregivers of children with parents in prison, including respite care, housing assistance, parenting support, and material support.

Finding:
Hawai’i lacks accurate knowledge of its parent-prisoners and their children.

Recommendations:
Keep demographic information on all children, on custody (legal and informal), on caregiving arrangements, and on services needed or anticipated.

Integrate family information into the Department of Public Safety central databank on  prisoners on a regular basis.

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran
Sen. Maile Shimabukuru, Vice Chair

Thursday, February 12, 2015
9:10 a.m.
Room 016

SUPPORT for SB1020 ELECTRONIC MONITORING; DPS; JUDICIARY; APPROPRIATION ($)                       PSM/JDL, WAM

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1020_.pdf

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC MONITORING.

Appropriates funds to the department of public safety and the judiciary for the purpose of electronic monitoring of released inmates. ESPERO, KEITH-AGARAN, Galuteria

This bill would provide funding to DPS to put more people on electronic monitoring. The good part is that people will be released and monitored in the community. If we asked the legislature to appropriate funding for 300 monitors for community and minimum custody individuals who have shown that they can safely be in the community, that would be 300 less people incarcerated. A good start. Another option we will mention in CAP testimony is COMMUNITY PLACEMENT for those who are monitored by a community-based program for services and support.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1020

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 12, 2015
1:15 P.m.
Room 229

STRONG SUPPORT OF SB 1018 – CIVIL ID FOR THOSE RELEASED FROM INCARCERATION

SB 1018 INMATES; CIVIL IDENTIFICATION CARDS; APPROPRIATION ($)

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1018_.pdf

RELATING TO IDENTIFICATION.

Appropriates funds for providing civil identification cards for inmates upon request prior to their release.

This bill is incredibly important since the department has been promising to do this for almost 10 years! CAP is in STRONG SUPPORT of helping individuals make the transition from institutional to community life.

 To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1018

2 Prison Construction Bills – Thursday & Friday (the 13th!)

ACTION ALERTOK, I’m trying to send out notices in groups so as not to overwhelm you. this notice is about 2 BILLS ON PRISON CONSTRUCTION in 3 different committeeson Thursday 2.12 and Friday 2.13.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015
1:15 p.m.
ROOM 229

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 12, 2015

SB1268   OCCC; HALAWA; CONSTRUCTION; GO BONDS; APPROPRIATION ($)                     PSM, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1268_.pdf

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Requires the department of public safety to construct a multi-story correctional facility at the Halawa correctional facility to replace the existing Oahu community correctional center. Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriates funds for the planning, design, and construction of the multi-story correctional facility.  ESPERO, Baker

This bill is for a 1,500 bed multi-story jail to replace OCCC (think Fed Detention Ctr at airport). State would sell OCCC site, may issue GO bonds, and “may” enter into a public-private partnership to plan, design, and build. (Interesting that they left the public private partnership phrase out of the description of the bill, yeah?!)

To COMMENT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1268

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015
3 pm
ROOM 224

COMMITTEE ON WATER AND LAND
Sen. Laura Thielen, Chair
Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRSSen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE
Sen. Russell Ruderman, Chair
Sen. Gil Riviere, Vice Chair

SB1374 Exchange for Lands; Dole; DPS; DOA; Appropriation ($)                     WTL/PSM/AGL/, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1374_.pdf

RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.

Appropriates funds to investigate the possibility of exchanging state land for land owned by Dole Food Company, Inc., and for costs of executing the exchange. Appropriates funds to investigate the possibility of exchanging certain state lands between the department of public safety and department of agriculture.        DELA CRUZ, CHUN OAKLAND, ESPERO, GABBARD, GALUTERIA, HARIMOTO, INOUYE, KAHELE, KEITH-AGARAN, KIDANI, NISHIHARA, English, Ruderman, Shimabukuro, Taniguchi, L. Thielen, Tokuda, Wakai

Part II of this bill is the land swap between Dole and DPS. The tax map keys in the bill tax map key 1-2-013:002 is OCCC, the proposed transfer with Dept. of Agriculture is identified as tax map key 9-9-010:046. The bill says the TMK  is `Aiea, however the tax map shows it to be `Ewa off Renton Road near the golf course. What’s up with that????   Something screwy this way cometh!

To COMMENT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1374

 

CAPWATCH: Bill to BAN prison transfers Thursday, Feb 12 at 8:45 am

ACTION ALERTHere is a bill that prohibits the transfer of our people to corporate prisons and repeals mandatory minimum sentencing for ice.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON OCEAN, MARINE RESOURCES & HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS
Rep. Kaniela Ing, Chair
Rep. Nicole Lowen, Vice Chair

Thursday, February 12, 2015
8:45 a.m.
Room 309

HB1477 DPS,  OHA, PRIVATE CORR FACILITIES; ICE MANDATORY MINIMUM     PBS/OMH,JUD,FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB1477_.pdf
RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Prohibits the transfer of inmates in the custody of the department of public safety to any correctional facility that is not operated by and within the State. Removes mandatory minimum sentencing for methamphetamine drug offenses. ING, BROWER, EVANS, SAIKI

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This bill does 3 things

1)     bans the transfer of individuals incarcerated by Hawai`i to any private correctional facilities

2)     Repeals mandatory sentencing for methamphetamine (last session we got the mandatory sentences reduced for A (from 20 to “not less than 10 yrs” & B to “Not less than 5 years”)

3)     The language in Section 3 is confusing, so CAP is focusing on and supporting  sections 1) and 2).

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1477

Good Samaritan & Prison Building Bills Wed. 2.11

ACTION ALERTBills have been flying fast and furious since they have to move our of their first committee(s) by Friday, Feb. 20th or they are dead for this session. Hence, there are lots of bills this week. I will just start off with all the bills getting hearings and you can choose which ones you want to comment upon.
YOUR VOICE IS SO VERY IMPORTANT.

Good Samaritan & Prison Building Bills
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
1:45 p.m.
Room 414

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

 

SB398 (WOMEN’S CAUCUS PKG; GOOD SAMARITAN POLICIES; MEDICAL AMNESTY)                HTH/PSM, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB398_.pdf

RELATING TO HEALTH.
Establishes limited immunity for individuals who seek medical assistance for victims of overdoses of drugs or alcohol.                                               KIDANI, BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, SHIMABUKURO, Inouye, L. Thielen

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT (CAP testimony here)

  • Overdose deaths are preventable. The majority of drug-related overdoses occur in the presence of others and there is usually time to intervene
  • The most common reason cited for not calling 911 for help during an overdose is fear of police involvement.
  • Hawai`i has the 34th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 10.9 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities  (Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic)
  • Laws  have been enacted in 17 states and adopted as policies by 240 colleges and universities

This bill would NOT protect people from prosecution for other offenses such as drug trafficking.  It would, however, provide amnesty from prosecution to people who call 911 by prioritizing the saving lives over arrests for drug possession.

 

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=398

 

(Same committees, however, Public Safety has the lead on this bill)

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH
Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

SB1190 CORRECTION FACILITIES; DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION; APPROPRIATION ($)   PSM/HTH, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB1190_.pdf
RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

Directs the executive branch to prepare preliminary design and request for proposals for the design, construction, and operation oPf a correctional facility. Appropriates moneys.WAKAI, HARIMOTO, KIDANI, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Slom, Taniguchi

 

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS (CAP testimony here)

This is an embarrassing bill and I can’t believe that legislators put their names on it. It is from the Lingle era, is about a correctional treatment facility, is full of wrong information (because they didn’t bother to update it), and contains contradictory information. It’s a mess, but gives us an indication that the state is so hot to move on this that they have not really thought about the big picture, despite JRI giving good direction to us. Very sad to see desperation policy making when there is so much we can do.

This is the Senate companion bill to HB 840 that the House Public Safety Committee heard last Thursday (2.5). The House amended their bill to make it about OCCC and moving it to Halawa footprint. We need to make it untenable for any private prison corporation to gain a foothold in Hawai`i. NOW IS THE TIME TO VOICE ALL YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT HAWAI`I’S MASS INCARCERATION. Legislators need to hear from the community that we want ALTERNATIVES to incarceration.

 

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1190