CAP Watch Action Alert

HEARING ALERT ! 

 Six bills (some good, some bad) coming up for hearings on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6,
in different committees.

cap action alertIf you would like to send testimony, please go to:
www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • Sign in at the top.
  • Click on the “Submit Testimony” icon.
  • Type the Bill number in the box and click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “support” or “oppose”
  • Click on “Individual” (unless you are a bonafide Organization)
  • Add comments if you wish or attach written testimony from your browser Click on “Next”
  • Check small box at the bottom
  • Press Submit again and you will get a “Successful” message
  • A copy of your testimony will be emailed back to you.

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COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES (1 bill)
Rep. Mele Carroll, Chair
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair
Room Thursday, February 6, 2014
9:30 a.m.
329

SUPPORT FOR SB 2659 – JUVENILE JUSTICE

HB 2659                RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE.              HUS, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2659_.pdf

Appropriates moneys to the office of youth services to contract for mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and practices proven to reduce the likelihood of recidivism among court-involved youth or youth placed on probation.                CARROLL, AQUINO, ICHIYAMA, JORDAN, KOBAYASHI, MCKELVEY, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, OSHIRO, TOKIOKA, YAMASHITA

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Our youth need our support
  • This bill not only allocates money for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, but also asks for annual reports to legislature detailing programs contracted, number of youth served, and outcomes for youth.
  • The 1st Circuit reported that 80% of youth needed treatment and there is only one residential program available.
  • Support our Youth! Support Hawai`i’s Future!

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (2 bills)
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Sharon Har, Vice Chair
Room Thursday, February 6, 2014
2:00 p.m.
325

SUPPORT FOR HB 2489 & HB 2490 – JUVENILE JUSTICE

HB 2489                RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE.                              JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2489_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the family court division of the judiciary and the office of youth services in the department of human services to reduce juvenile delinquency recidivism through evidence-based practices and mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, respectively.(H) 1/22/2014- Pending introduction.                                   CARROLL

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is the funding bill from the Juvenile Justice Working Group.
  • It encourages reduction in population at HYCF and allocates funds to each Circuit for youth programs.
  • Support Programs for Our Youth! Support Hawai`i’s Future Leaders!

HB 2490                RELATING TO JUVENILE JUSTICE.              JUD, FIN
 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2490_.pdf

Enhances the juvenile justice system by concentrating secure bed space on serious juvenile offenders. Strengthens                 juvenile probation to ensure judges have sentencing options such as informal adjustment that keep youth safely and effectively in their communities. Requires a risk and needs assessment to be conducted for each minor prior to disposition. Enhances interagency collaboration by establishing performance measures and a statewide juvenile justice interdepartmental cluster to provide coordinated services to certain youth within family court. Establishes a juvenile justice oversight advisory council.           CARROLL

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is the policy bill from the Juvenile Justice Working Group.
  • It is all about reducing the population of incarcerated youth and creating more appropriate practices for them.
  • Reentry plans with individual goals, a statewide system of graduated sanctions, earned discharge from probation and a statewide interdepartmental clusters in the community to assist youth.

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2 BAD BILLS:

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY (3 bills)
Rep. Henry Aquino, Chair
Rep. Kaniela Ing, Vice Chair
Room Thursday, February 6, 2014
10:00 a.m.
309

OPPOSE HB 2237 – PRISON LITIGATION

HB2237                 RELATING TO PRISON LITIGATION.                          PBS, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2237_.pdf

Requires prisoners to exhaust administrative remedies before bringing a civil court action.             SOUKI (BR)

CAP POSITION: OPPOSE

Talking Points:

  • Normally, this would make sense, however, the private prisons have developed an ‘informal procedure’ that has no paper trail, so they string people with legitimate grievances along until the time to bring a claim has elapsed.
  • People with legitimate claims should be allowed to bring them forward for resolution.

 

OPPOSE HB 1717 

HB 1717                RELATING TO THE RETENTION OF BIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE.            JUD, FIN

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB1717_.pdf

Establishes specific offenses for which evidence shall be retained. Allows law enforcement agencies to petition the court to dispose of biological evidence. Requires the court to use a preponderance of evidence standard in determining whether to allow the law enforcement agency to dispose of the biological evidence.                                              AQUINO

CAP POSITION: OPPOSE

Talking Points:

  • None of the nation’s 311 DNA exonerations would have been possible had the biological evidence not been available to test. Had the evidence been destroyed, tainted, contaminated, mislabeled, or otherwise corrupted, the innocence of these individuals would never have come to light.
  • Biological evidence is not collected in the majority of criminal cases.  Murder, rape and sexual assault cases, where biological evidence is most likely to be recovered, are a small percentage of the thousands of criminal cases police and prosecutors must handle each year.
  • The government is not required to keep and store bulky, oversized pieces of physical evidence. When biological material is found on large pieces of evidence, the government would only be required to extract a sample of the biological material in a sufficient quantity to allow DNA testing.

 

COMMENTS ONLY ON THIS ONE…

HB2367                 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.            PBS, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB2367_.pdf

Appropriates funds for capital improvement projects for correctional facilities.                 AQUINO, LUKE, TAKAYAMA

CAP POSITION: Comments

Talking Points:

  • Crime is at its lowest level in decades.
  • The Department of Public Safety must provide information to the public on the number of individuals in each facility and their level of custody.
  • The Department must be forced to use their safety valve measures to reduce the population of facilities in Hawai`i and on the continent such as  good time, early release, work furlough, funding reentry programs in the community, etc.
  • Renovate facilities by using general contractors and the labor of incarcerated individuals as a reentry strategy.
  • No expansion of beds should occur without justification.

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Nelson Mandela

 

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