HILO — About 200 Hawaii inmates will be closer to home for the holidays as early as next year if the proposed reactivation of Kulani prison comes to fruition.
The project moved a step forward Friday with publication of a proposed finding of no significant environmental impact. The publication in the state’s Environmental Notice opens the comment period on the project. …
Once reopened, it will employ 96 staff to support the 200 inmates who are two to four years from finishing their sentences. The facility would cost $5.6 million annually to operate, according to a state report. The state anticipates using inmate labor to repair the facility, lowering the renovation costs to $600,000.
The complete 53-page report can be found at here.
Comments are being accepted until Feb. 7.
There will be meetings on Hawai`i island and CAP will keep you posted on the dates. Kat will send comments after she reviews the document.