PLEASE HELP THESE BILLS OVER THE FINISH LINE!
2 good bills CAP has worked on all session are in their last committees on Monday, April 6th in Ways and Means (WAM);Tuesday. April 7th in Finance (FIN). We hope that you will consider supporting both of these important justice bills. They must pass their last committees to be get to 3rd reading in their respective chambers.
MONDAY, APRIL 6TH
COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Sen. Jill Tokuda, Chair
Sen. Ronald Kouchi, Vice Chair
HB 148 HD2, SD1 – WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
Provides compensation and services to persons who can demonstrate they were wrongfully convicted of a crime and imprisoned. Effective 01/01/2016.
CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
This is a good bill that holds the state accountable for the harm they caused by imprisoning the wrong person. This is about the integrity of our justice system and improves the quality of justice in Hawai`i. Justice is supposed to be blind, therefore, just as the state holds others who cause harm accountable this bill holds the state accountable for causing harm. Compensation can never make up for what was lost, but it helps a person to get his life re-started. CAP TESTIMONY HERE
To SUPPORT, sign in to the Legislative website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) and then go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=148
TUESDAY, APRIL 7TH
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair
SB 213 SD2, HD2 – CONCURRENT SENTENCING
CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
This is a good bill that fixes the very expensive mess created by the Lingle-Aiona administration when they started recalculating the sentences of all Hawai`i’s imprisoned population in 2005. Without checking the court records, the Dept. of Public Safety assumed that all sentences were to be served consecutively, not concurrently as had been the practice in Hawai`i for decades. The Public Defender testified that he checked their files and every over-detention case they filed because of PSD’s recalculation (which was duplicative since each facility calculates the release date) they won every one. THE STATE LOST AND THE TAXPAYERS LOST. Courts have been assessing a fine of $1,000/day for over-detention. CAP TESTIMONY HERE
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=213