CAP Action Alert: 3 Bills in House Public Safety – Please support!

3 Bills in House Public Safety Committee

Thursday, March 13
10:00 AM

YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

cap action alertCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Henry Aquino, Chair
Rep. Henry Ing, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 13, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Room 309
SUPPORT

SB 2308 SD1 – SUPPORTING CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2308_SD1_.pdf

Makes an appropriation to the department of public safety for programs and services for children of incarcerated parents and to assist with family reunification. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

The SD 1 blanked out the appropriation (very common until the budget is settled in April).

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Research shows that children who have at least one parent in prison are  7 times more likely to end up incarcerated themselves
  • These children suffer from grief,  many have mental health issues , and many other issues that affect their schooling and socialization
  • Working with children and their incarcerated parent helps to strengthen the family & provide hope to the incarcerated parent
  • Incarcerated parents who are involved with their children’s development have few write-ups & focus on their rehabilitation

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2308&year=2014

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SB 2315 SD1 – $ to DPS  TO PROVIDE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES AT HALAWA
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/SB2315_SD1_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the PSD to provide substance abuse treatment services to Halawa Correctional Facility inmates. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

The SD 1 blanked out the appropriation

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • DUH!
  • The recent federal busts of ACOs and incarcerated individuals should make this a no-brainer

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2315&year=2014

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SB 2884 SD2 – DISCRETIONARY GATE $
Specifies that funds for discharged persons be subject to legislative appropriation. Clarifies circumstances under which the paroling authority may grant early discharges. Provides discretion to the paroling authority with respect to initial pardon consideration as it relates to paroled prisoners. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD2)

The SD1 just made technical, non-substantive changes

The SD2 defected the date – meaning that they gave it an effective date of 2050 so the bill goes to conference. However, as with all bills containing an appropriation, it will depend on the settlement of the budget.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT GATE MONEY

Talking Points:

  • Hawai`i used to give $200 in ‘gate money’ to people exiting incarceration. No more, though.
  • Individuals need a start when entering the community

EASY WAY TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON THIS BILL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2884&year=2014

 

Your Voice Matters!

Every time you speak out for justice a mother smiles. A father has hope of a better future for his child. A child is grateful that you remembered his parents.

 Me ke aloha pumehana.

 

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