CAPWATCH: 5 bills on Tuesday, Feb 2 – 1 BAD; 4 GOOD!

5 JUSTICE BILLS BEING HEARD ON:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016 IN 2 COMMITTEES

ACTION ALERTCAP testimony is included below for 4 of the bills. Check back for testimony on the fifth bill. 

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COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES
Rep. Dee Morikawa, Chair
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Room 329

HB 1666 – ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS FOR JUVENILES INVOLVED IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/HB1666_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the department of education for two alternative schools to provide ongoing education to juveniles involved in the justice system or at risk of involvement in the justice system. SOUKI (Hon Prosecutor’s Pkg)

CAP POSITION:           OPPOSE

CAP Testimony: 2.2.16 HUS Testimony OPPOSING HB 1666

TALKING POINTS:

  • While mainstreaming students is happening, the prosecutor is proposing to do the opposite
  • Youth that are involved in the juvenile justice system need supports from their family, school and community
  • Nearly half have been arrested for status offenses such as running away from home or being truant from school
  • They are already stigmatized and traumatized by their involvement with the law enforcement and court systems. They should not be stigmatized further by removal from their home school and friends into an alternative school placement

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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Will Espero, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
1:20p.m.
Room 229

SB 2480 – AUDIT OF CORRECTIONAL COMMISSARIES  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2480_.pdf

Appropriates funds for the auditor to conduct an audit of the correctional facility commissaries. NISHIHARA, BAKER, KEITH-AGARAN, KIDANI, WAKAI, Espero

CAP POSITION:           SUPPORT       

TALKING POINTS:

  • The prices charged for items such as toiletries are outrageous compared to prices in the community
  • Families and loved ones who can least afford it, end up paying for these necessities
  • The department says that they use the proceeds for programs and recreation
  • It’s about time for an audit to get a full accounting of how much money they take in each year and how it is spent

 

SB 2629 – PU`UHONUA COMMISSION

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2629_.pdf

Establishes the puuhonua commission within the department of public safety to help post-incarcerated persons, probationers, and parolees reintegrate into society. Creates county advisory committees to advise the commission. Establishes a special fund.  ESPERO, INOUYE, SHIMABUKURO, Baker, Galuteria

CAP POSITION:           SUPPORT       

CAP Testimony: 2.2.16 PSM Testimony in SUPPORT of SB 2629

TALKING POINTS:

  • There are many good people on this working group
  • Using traditional practices to help people reintegrate is a good strategy
  • Creating county committees is a good idea

 

SB 2630 – SALE OF CRAFTS BY INCARERATED PERSONS

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2630_.pdf

Allows committed persons to create approved products and crafts that may be sold through the correctional industries (HCI) program to the public. Requires that all moneys collected from the sale of products and crafts to be deposited into either the correctional industries revolving fund or the committed person’s account. Repeals the prohibition of the sale of such products on the open market.           ESPERO, NISHIHARA

CAP POSITION:           SUPPORT       

CAP Testimony: 2.2.16 PSM Test in STRONG SUPP SB 2630

TALKING POINTS:

  • This program (HCI) is self-sustaining and is run by a dynamite woman who sees the big picture and is helping people to develop skills and learn work ethics
  • This bill allows open market sales of products and crafts made by incarcerated individuals
  • 25% goes into the program fund and 75% goes to the individual’s account. This is a great incentive!

 

SB 2631 – APPROPRIATION FOR WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAMS

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/bills/SB2631_.pdf

Appropriates funds to the department of public safety for the expansion of work furlough programs.

ESPERO, NISHIHARA, Baker

CAP POSITION:           SUPPORT       

CAP Testimony: 2.2.16 PSM TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SB 2631

TALKING POINTS:

  • This bill appropriates $250,000 to DPS for work furlough programs
  • Expanding work furlough is a great strategy for reentry IF the preparation of the individuals is earnest
  • Just as drug treatment works best when there is a treatment readiness program before treatment; work furlough needs something similar to help people safely return to their communities  (A lack of preparation for the participants of work furlough is the current problem with the program)

 

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