CAPWATCH: Thurs 1.28.16 – Voting Rights & New OCCC

ACTION ALERTWell folks, we’re rollin’!  Our first hearing of the 2016 legislature is Thursday, January 28th in the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee (voting rights for imprisoned persons) at 9:30 am and at 10 am the House & Senate Public Safety Committees are having an informational briefing on OCCC. (Frustrating that they schedule things so we have to choose). We need lots of testimony for JDL on the voting rights for imprisoned people.

 And we really really need people to turn out for the OCCC briefing. The Governor spoke of building a new OCCC in Halawa and of involving the Kalihi community on the use of the land where OCCC now sits, but absolutely nothing on the laws that mandate involving the community and the environmental impacts that are associated with the building of a new facility and its relocation.

Please show your support for justice by sending in testimony and/or attending the committees. Below are CAP’s talking points and info on how to submit testimony.

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY & LABOR

DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
TIME: 9:30 a.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 016

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

SB 2108

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCESS.

Amends the definition of “criminal process” to include administrative subpoenas for the purposes of production.

 

JDL
SB 2024

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO VOTING RIGHTS.

Authorizes incarcerated felons who were residents of the State to vote by absentee ballot.

NISHIHARA (BR) 

JDL, WAM

SEND TESTIMONY:    Go to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

                                    Insert SB 2024 in box to left

                                    Click on “Submit Testimony” – it will ask you to sign in

You can either download something you’ve written from your hard-drive (just follow instructions (site is pretty user-friendly)  or just write comments in the box. It is quick & easy.  YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

CAP Position:             CAP SUPPORTS!

CAP Testimony here.

Talking Points:

  • Voting rights engage imprisoned members of our community in what is happening in the community;
  • Voting rights are a good idea and may actually help move some things regarding the rights of the imprisoned;
  • Voting rights help folks inside focus on the world outside so that they still feel connected, despite their isolation.
  • Voting rights help people reintegrate back to their communities knowing what is going on there.

A vibrant democracy demands participation!

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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY 
SENATCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING

DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Conference Room 309

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the proposed improvements to Hawaii’s correctional facilities, including replacement of the Oahu Community Correctional Center and planned means of financing the new OCCC. Representatives of Hawaii State agencies invited to speak at this Informational Briefing include:

Nolan Espinda, Director, State Department of Public Safety; and

Douglas Murdock, Comptroller, State Department of Accounting and General Services.

It is up to us. Please show your support for justice by sending in testimony and/or attending the committees. WE NEED TO HAVE A BIG SHOW OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION. I have been hearing a lot about the state contracting with CCA to build the new facility and it worries me. CCA just wants a foot in the door.

Caveat Emptor! (Let the buyer beware!) 

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