CAP’s 2015 Year in Review

We hope this finds you well and happy on this last day of 2015.

imagesCommunity Alliance on Prisons wishes you and all those you love a safe, happy, healthy, peaceful and just 2016!

Below is a quick review of CAP’s activities in 2015. We are busier than ever and need your help to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i.

Review of 2015 Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP) Activities

Community Alliance on Prisons has had a very busy and successful year. Below is a brief recap of what we have accomplished…and there is so much more to do! Mahalo to all who have worked to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i nei!


29                    Panelist on Hawai`i Youth Services Network’s Social Advocacy Conference regarding juvenile justice


19                    CAP has table at Chaminade University’s Criminal Justice Expo


23                    Guest on Insights discussion on criminal justice with Nolan Espinda, Sen. Will Espero and Bob Merce


19                    Keynote conversation at UH Disability Pacific Rim International Conference  on  Disability and Diversity “Keeping Our Kids Safe: What Does It Mean?”


31                    1st meeting of Penal Code Review Committee (PCRC) monthly meetings with  several subcommittee meetings in between through December 31, 2015


Of the 15 separate bills CAP worked on, 11 good bills PASSED that help to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i nei.  That’s 73% of the bills we ended up working on have passed! The raising the theft threshold was vetoed by the Governor (and subsequently recommended by the Penal Code Review Committee – so it will be at the 2016 legislature to raise the felony threshold from $300 to $750).

Legislative Reference Bureau 2015 Legislative Statistics:

Number of Bills Introduced                                                  2894

Total Number of Bills Passed                                               252  (House: 117 ;  Senate: 135)

Percentage of Total Bills Passed                                         9%

Percentage of Total Bills Passed  (CAP-related)               4%


13                    Guest on KKCR Kaua`i radio show on justice with Jimmy Trujillo

23                    Keynote speaker at Social Advocacy Conference sponsored by Appleseed, Catholic Charities, and PHOCUS


9                      Discussant at Hawai`I Public Health Association conference Addressing Health Disparities within a Health-in-All-Policies Framework “We are island people; we stand together”


3                      Speaker at Mass Incarceration in Hawai`idiscussion at UH Richardson School of  Law along with Manu Meyer and Rep. Kaniela Ing

8                      Speaker at Americans for Democratic Action and Progressive Democrats of Hawai`i on Mass Incarceration along with Sen. Will Espero

10                    Guest Lecturer at HPU Social Activism Class

22                    Sunday Sermon at Unitarian Church“Hawai`i at the Crossroads of Justice & Aloha”

23                    Speaker on Justice in Hawai`i at David Johnson’s UH Sociology class


We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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