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3 BILLS IN HOUSE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE HEARING THURS. FEB. 5, 2015
HB 840 Relating to Correctional Facilities PBS, FIN
Directs the executive branch to prepare preliminary design and request for proposals for the design, construction, and operation of a correctional facility. Appropriates moneys.
CAP POSITION: Comments
This bill is about designing a 1,500-2,000 bed correctional treatment facility. It is badly written and it sounds like a bill from the Lingle administration, which was soundly defeated. It does have an interesting provision mentioning “turn-key completed facility” and that triggers a statute meaning that the community must be brought in at the planning stages. Make your voice heard on whether we should be locking up people with public health problems. According to the FBI’s most current data, “Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in both the number of violent crimes and the number of property crimes reported for the first six months of 2014 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2013.” The Attorney General’s 2012 Crime in Hawai`I Report (released in December 20, 2013) http://ag.hawaii.gov/cpja/?page_id=3075&preview=true states: “The burglary and motor vehicle theft rates in 2012 were at record low levels; Honolulu’s total Index and property crime rates in 2012 were the lowest on record since the start of statewide data collection in 1975.”
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS (after signing into legislative site www.capitol.hawaii.gov):http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=840
HB 998 Relating to Public Safety PBS, JUD
Requires the department of public safety to collect data relating to the number of incoming offenders into the state correctional system who are parents and the number of children they have that are under the age of eighteen.
CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
This is OHA’s bill and we are glad that they are taking on this issue, along with Steve Morse of Blueprint for Change. Not sure how this data will translate into services for these children, but we support stopping the next generation from being incarcerated and keeping the issue top of mind!
Please support this measure.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS (after signing into legislative site www.capitol.hawaii.gov): http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=998
HB 367 Relating to Parole PBS, JUD
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 of public safety to review each person’s performance annually to determine if the person merits an earned-time deduction.
CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
CAP has been supporting bills that give incarcerated people hope for years. The National Council of State Legislatures reported in 2011 that Hawai`I is only 1 of 7 states without an earned time/good time program. The one thing we DON’T WANT is a sign over our facilities that says, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” This bill provides an incentive for accomplishing certain things. Everyone needs acknowledgement. Please support this measure.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS (after signing into legislative site – www.capitol.hawaii.gov):