WOW! Tues. 3/31 is rockin’ with good measures! Please support!

Tremendous Tuesday – MARCH 31, 2015

5 good resos & 2 good bills!

PSM/JDL: 2 good resos
PSM: 3 good resos
JUD: 2 good bills

If can, please support!

ACTION ALERT

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR

9:30 am

SR 45  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO PROVIDE AN ITEMIZED ACCOUNTING OF THE $1,000,000 THAT THE JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE SET ASIDE IN 2012 FOR COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS AND THE $3,400,000 SET ASIDE IN 2013 FOR EXPANDING TREATMENT PROGRAMS AND VICTIMS’ SERVICES AND INITIATING PLANS TO ESTABLISH A RESEARCH AND PLANNING OFFICE.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SR45_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This is a simple, straightforward resolution: WHERE DID THE MONEY GO ???  This administration said they would be accountable and transparent. As taxpayers and concerned citizens we must speak out about how and where our tax dollars are used.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SR&billnumber=45

SCR 122 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT AN AUDIT TO DETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OF POTENTIAL PATTERNS OF ABUSE IN THE USE OF STATE AND FEDERAL LEAVE BENEFITS BY ADULT CORRECTIONS OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR122_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This is all about visitation. We need to send a strong message supporting this audit. The sick leave abuse in public safety is ridiculous. Visitation and maintaining connections to loved ones is vital to reducing recidivism. As a community, we must press for accountability and transparency, as the Governor promised us.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=122

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS

1:15 pm

SCR 128 REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO FORM A WORKING GROUP TO EXAMINE SMARTER SENTENCING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND RELIABILITY OF STATE CRIMINAL SENTENCING PRACTICES.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR128_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

The House Resolution on Smarter Sentencing is actually better – HCR 146. This one wants the working group to  look back 10 years to determine where smarter sentencing was applied. CAP would like whatever group is named to recommend SMART changes to the sentencing statutes…reducing some felonies to misdemeanors and decriminalizing some other minor offenses (similar to what CA just did in Act 47).  Please support!

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=128

SCR 149 REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF COMMISSARY OPERATIONS AT OUT-OF-STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES CONTRACTED TO HOUSE HAWAII INMATES.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR149_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

OK, this is our chance to relate the experiences that we know of about the price gouging at Saguaro. I don’t think there has ever been an audit of CCA’s commissary or even if the department ever questioned the price increases that have routinely occurred. Of course we know this is at the expense of families, many who are already struggling to make ends meet while they scrape together money to send to those inside. C`mon folks, let’s educate the legislature on what really happens inside.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=149

SCR 90 ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO CONTINUE AND EXPAND ITS STRUCTURED COMMUNITY PLACEMENT PROGRAMS TO ASSIST IN TRANSITIONING FORMERLY INCARCERATED FEMALE INMATES BACK INTO SOCIETY.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SCR90_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

  • Community Placement is a step in the reentry process; allowing women to go from more to less structure and enabling the gradual reintegration process to happen more seamlessly, thus increasing the odds for successful community reintegration.
  • Community Placement services for women are cost effective in that they impact the social fabric of our community by decreasing recidivism and contributing to stopping the revolving door, thus preempting the intergenerational cycle of abuse, addiction, crime and incarceration.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SCR&billnumber=90

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The two following bills are really important to support as they are in the last committee. We hope that bot these bills just pass as is so that neither goes to conference. All testimony has been in support for both bills.

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

2:05 pm

SB 913 SD1  DATA COLLECTION RE CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB913_SD1_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

This will at least give us a somewhat accurate number. Right now we are saying 6,000 but we really have no data to back that up. It’s a start and has taken 10 years to get to this point. Please support.

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=913

SB 564 SD1  EXTENDS REENTRY COMMISSION TODECEMBER 1, 2019
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB564_SD1_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

The department needs a push to support real reentry. The commission was really neutered (by the dept. not calling meetings). Hawai`i needs to do better to help folks exiting incarceration. 

To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=564

 

 

Mahalo for caring about and raising your voice for justice!

 

 

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