OHA’s Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force Neighbor Island Tour

From OHA’s flyer:

Please come and “share your mana‘o as to why Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented in Hawai‘i’s criminal justice system, and how we as government officials and community members can address this serious matter.”

  • KONA – Saturday, July 7, 2012 – 9am – 3pm – Hawai‘i Civic Center, Bldg G, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • HILO – Saturday, July 14, 2012 – 10am – 5pm – DOE Annex, 450 Wainuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720
  • MAUI – Saturday, July 21, 2012 – 9am – 3pm – UH Maui College 310 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI
  • MOLOKA‘I & LANA‘I (via video) – Wednesday, August 1, 2012 – 10am – 2pm – Kulana ‘Oiwi Complex 600 Maunaloa Hwy Bldg 2, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
  • KAUA‘I – Friday, August 3, 2012 – 10am-1pm –  Kaua‘i Community College OCET Room 106 C&D 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i, Lihue, HI 96766

Presentation time is limited, please contact Jeff Kent (808-594-0285, jeffreyk@oha.org) to schedule a presentation slot or if you plan to attend.

If you require special or auxiliary aids to participate in the summit (i.e. sign language interpreter, wheel chair accessibility, or parking designated for the disabled), please contact Jeff Kent at least one week prior to the meetings so that arrangements can be made. If it is less than one week, please call and best efforts will be made to arrange accommodations.

Summit Format
We recently had a successful two day summit on O‘ahu and would like to follow a similar format for the neighbor islands. The summits are organized like a legislative hearing and testifiers are organized into 15 minute blocks for testimony and questions from the task force. Testifiers should plan for about 10 minutes of presentation time. Testimony included but not limited to:

  • Community programs
  • Cultural practices
  • Specific legal changes
  • Personal stories
  • Taking a big picture or very focused approach to issues (for instance presenting on nation building versus programs for children)

Even with that short amount of time we had more speakers than available time. If we have extra time, we are open to unscheduled testimony. We encourage testifiers to submit testimony through email. Should you have any questions please contact Jeff Kent (808-594-0285, jeffreyk@oha.org).

Background
In 2010 the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) released the The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System. This report made clear that there is an overwhelming and disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians incarcerated in Hawai‘i and on the continent. In pursuing the next step following the report, OHA advocated for the creation of a Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force (NHJTF) in what eventually became Act 170 of 2011 legislature.

The Task Force
The NHJTF is made up of agency stakeholders in the justice community. OHA administers the NHJTF which consists of the following members:

  • Judge Michael Broderick (retired), Task Force Chair, CEO of YMCA Honolulu
  • Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Ph.D Ka Pouhana, CEO OHA
  • Honorable Richard K. Perkins, First Circuit Court Judge
  • Paul Perrone, Chief of Research & Statistics, Department of Attorney General
  • Jack Tonaki, Public Defender, State of Hawai‘i
  • Tricia Nakamatsu, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, City & County of Honolulu
  • Cheryl Marlow, Adult Client Services Branch, Administrator
  • RaeDeen Karasuda, Ph.D, Senior Research Associate, Kamehameha Schools
  • Martha Torney, MA, Deputy Director for Administration, Department of Public Safety

The Task Force’s charge is to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature about how to eliminate the disparate representation noted above. This summit represents the community listening portion that will inform and shape recommendations for its report to the legislature.

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