CAP Action Alert: Hearings on 2.14.13

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2 GREAT BILLS COMING UP FOR HEARINGS ON VALENTINE’S DAY

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013

 

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. David Ige, Chair
Sen. Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 14, 2013
9:05 a.m.
Room 211

STRONG SUPPORT FOR SB 204 – FUNDING FOR REINTEGRATION
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/SB204_.pdf

CAP Testimony: 2.14.13 WAM SB 204 Testimony

Appropriates funds for state programs related to the re-integration of offenders into the general population.

This is the last committee before this bill crosses over to the House side. It is the only bill – there is no House bill on reintegration. The departments of public safety and labor support the bill.  See all the testimony on this bill at:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Testimony/SB204_TESTIMONY_PSM_01-29-13.pdf

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Testimony/SB204_TESTIMONY_PSM_01-29-13_LATE.pdf

TALKING POINTS:

·         More than 95% of our incarcerated citizens will be returning to our community some day

·         Funding programs that provide support and assistance for successful transitions from prison to the community benefit everyone

·         This is an investment in social capital and in our communities

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Henry Aquino, Chair
Rep. Kaniela Ing, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 14, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Room 309

STRONG SUPPORT FOR HB 257 – EARNED TIME
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/bills/HB257_.pdf

CAP Testimony: 2.14.13 PBS HB 257 Testimony

Establishes an earned-time program under which a person may be eligible for parole prior to the expiration of the person’s minimum term of incarceration. The person must show progress toward rehabilitation with improved social skills or participation in educational, occupational, or counseling programs. Requires the department to review each person’s performance annually to determine if the person merits an earned-time deduction.

This is the only earned time bill alive. PLEASE SUPPORT. CAP has been working to pass this program for more than a decade. It is good public policy to offer hope

TALKING POINTS:

·         44 states offer earned time or good time credits; Hawai`i is one of the few states that doesn’t offer either

·         37 states  offer earned time credits for certain inmates who participate in or complete programs

·         Research shows that incentives work for drug offenders, the majority of Hawai`i’s incarcerated population

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