CAP Action Alert: Very Important Bill on Monday – Please Support!

Stunned and overjoyed — a very important compassionate release bill being heard in JDL

Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 10:15 a.m. in Room 016

CAP has been working on this issue for many years. People who know the system in Hawai`i have told me this is a good bill. Of course it is, it is based on best practices! The House bill has been badly wounded and might be beyond repair ( docs must say person may die within 6 months! Wot???  Is PSD hiring fortune tellers or doctors???. Our goal is to get this bill to conference where we might have a chance. This is the difficult part of the process. I’m constantly trying to read the subtext. We need lots of public support for this measure. If each person on this list just checked “Support”  on the legislative website it would make an amazing difference. And imagine if each of you asked just one other person…WE WOULD ROCK THE BIG SQUARE BUILDING, LADIES AND  GENTLEMEN! If can, please help push this baby to cross over to the House.  Mahalo.

To send testimony, please go to: www.capitol.hawaii.gov

  • cap action alertSign in/register 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 JUDICIARY AND LABOR
Senator Clayton Hee, Chair
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Vice Chair
Monday, February 24, 2014
10:15 am
Conference Room 016
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street
Suppport

SB 72 SD1           RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY     PSM, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=72&year=2014
Requires the department of public safety to assess and refer inmates to the Hawaii paroling authority (HPA) for possible medical release.  Allows an inmate to be considered for medical release at the request of the director, the inmate, or the inmate’s representative, if the inmate meets specified criteria.  Requires the HPA to grant or deny the request after a hearing, to set reasonable conditions on an inmate’s medical release, and to promptly order an inmate returned to custody to await a revocation hearing if the HPA receives credible information that an inmate has failed to comply with any reasonable conditions of medical release.  Sunsets on 6/30/2016.  (SD1)

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • In your testimony, please thank Senator Hee for scheduling this bill
  • Sick and elderly incarcerated persons would be placed on parole and supervised in the community
  • The recidivism rates for these folks is very low
  • It is inhumane to make an individual who presents no threat to the community die alone in prison. I know of many people who have done so while their paperwork lingered on some bureaucrat’s desk. This is unconscionable. There is no aloha in torturing someone.
  • Here for 2013 Testimony attached and here 2014 highlighted part of testimony for more data
  • ONE IMPORTANT THING TO MENTION: The committee should REMOVE THE 3-YEAR PILOT and just fix the broken system.
  • Here for CAP Testimony
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