Please Help Defeat 2 Bad Bills for Youth on Thursday, Feb. 5

ACTION ALERTTESTIFYING IS EASIER THAN EVER!

  • Go to: www.capitol.hawaii.gov
  • Sign in with your email and a password
  • Put bill # in box on left
  • On the bill screen, click “Submit testimony” and you can either upload it from your hard drive or write brief comments in the box provided (You can just write SUPPORT or OPPOSE in the comment box)
  • Note: If sending testimony on different bills, you can just plug in the bill number after you send your first testimony and send in comments on another bill.

2 BAD BILLS IN HUMAN SERVICES –THURSDAY,  FEB.  5 @ 8:30 am

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES
Rep. Dee Morikawa, Chair
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 5, 2015
8:30 a.m.
Room 329

HB 1461 Relating to Youth  HUS, JUD, FIN

Appropriates funds to the department of education for the development of an alternative school program that provides ongoing education to juveniles involved in the justice system, and other youth.

CAP POSITION: OPPOSE

This is the brainchild of Keith Kaneshiro because “he wants to help”. Well, bills like this do help his job security. While everyone is being mainstreamed today, he is proposing to separate  out “juveniles involved in the justice system, and other youth”  (instead of dealing with their problems or issues.) I have spoken to lots of social scientists, criminologists, youth advocates, judges and others about this bill in its last iteration and they all agreed it was the wrong way to go!

Please help defeat this bad idea!

*****

HB 165 Relating to Juvenile Justice Information  HUS, JUD

Allows the dissemination of information from the juvenile justice information system to law enforcement agencies for purposes of the administration of law enforcement and law enforcement agency employment.

CAP POSITION: OPPOSE

This is the bill that the Judiciary and CAP helped defeat last session. I don’t know why the Maui prosecutor is pushing this bill since law enforcement already has access. I think they want to expand the use of the information and we will fight against that. Last session the proponent said they were looking for “repeat offenders”. Youth in the Juvenile Justice System don’t go through the criminal court; they are adjudicated in Family Court. The state made the decision to seal the records so that youthful indiscretions do not follow someone for the rest of their lives. Anyway, the Senate version is being heard tomorrow, so I have attached CAP’s testimony.

Let’s support our youth by burying  this one…yet again!

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