Moving OCCC & Partnering with the profiteers of misery????

On Monday, January 25th, the Governor will deliver his state of the state speech. In it he is supposedly going to reveal his plans for OCCC. This has been top secret, back room dealing, hush hush since the community has not been engaged (and we have tried) and the government is supposed to interact with the community at the earliest stages of planning. So much for transparency…

We start off with another great story from Rui Kaneya of Civil Beat and follow it with an article about a new campaign by In The Public Interest (ITPI) called PROGRAMS NOT PROFITS that is investigating how privatizing justice is a windfall for all the corporate misery profiteers.

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Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige
The governor is expected to propose the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center in a speech to lawmakers next week. But will the union go along with it?
Rui Kaneya, Civil Beat, January 22, 2016

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An Unprecedented View of America’s Criminal Justice System
Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest, Huffington Post, January 21, 2016

Excerpt:
“Every dollar in profit for the private corrections industry is a dollar that could be invested in building a more moral and cost-effective criminal justice system, a system that doesn’t harm prisoners and better serves communities, taxpayers, and working families.”

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Private Companies Profit from Almost Every Function of America’s Criminal Justice System
In the Public Interest, January 20, 2016

Excerpt:
“Today, private companies hold contracts that allow them to profit from all corners of America’s criminal justice system. Consequently, many people charged with crimes are exposed to the profit-seeking of companies every step of the way, from entering the system to being released.

“These graphics depict the possible paths of people charged with different offenses, revealing the various privatized services provided by the corrections industry.”

 

The state needs to do its proper due diligence before any taxpayer money is spent. Where did the $13 million that was allocated for Maui disappear to? What about the $5 million the Governor released last year to stop the bill at the 2015 legislature?

Since the administration has made it painfully clear that the community’s only role in reimagining justice in Hawai`i  is to pay the bill, we MUST make it clear that WE ARE HERE, WE CARE, AND WE MUST BE A PART OF THE PROCESS!

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter to Clergy from Birmingham Jail

 

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