5 BILLS BEING HEARD – 2 BAD; 3 GOOD
EIS exemption bill for new OCCC being heard.
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair
Thursday, February 4, 2016
HB 2388 – EXEMPTING NEW OCCC FROM CHAPTER 343 – EIS LAW
Creates an exemption from Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §343-5 for a jail facility to be built adjacent to Halawa Correctional Facility and funding therefore and makes clarifying amendments. GOVERNOR
CAP POSITION: STRONG OPPOSITION
CAP TESTIMONY: 2.4.16 PBS Testimony OPPOSING HB 2388
- The EIS law is a disclosure law to identify potential impacts BEFORE a project is developed
- Trying to exempt the state from its own law that protects people and the environment is a bad idea
- The people want fairness, transparency, accountability from the state when using public lands
HB 1721 – NEW OCCC ON HALAWA FOOTPRINT; $
Requires the construction of a correctional facility at the Halawa Correctional Facility site to replace the existing OCCC. Requires a study on the feasibility of State redevelopment of the land that is currently occupied by OCCC. Appropriates funds. CACHOLA, EVANS, MIZUNO, SAY, TAKAYAMA, Rhoads
CAP POSITION: STRONG OPPOSITION
TALKING POINTS: (Kat is still analyzing bill and trying to be nice – will post CAP testimony tomorrow.)
- No community input.
- No accountability for past funding that went…where??? ($14 million Maui; $5 million OCCC)
- No analysis of who the facility is being built for.
- Is OCCC going to continue to be the community mental health facility and the shelter facility for those living on our streets? That is a large population of OCCC.
- Are we satisfied with hiding people away in the back of Halawa Valley where there is no public transportation instead of addressing the needs of these struggling folks?
HB 2188 – HAWAI`I CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES; OPEN MARKET SALES
Authorizes Hawaii Correctional Industries to sell products and services on the open market to the general public. TAKAYAMA, AQUINO, BELATTI, CACHOLA, CHOY, CREAGAN, EVANS, HAR, ICHIYAMA, JOHANSON, KAWAKAMI, KEOHOKALOLE, KONG, LOPRESTI, MCDERMOTT, MIZUNO, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, POUHA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, SAY, TOKIOKA, YAMANE, YAMASHITA, Brower, DeCoite
CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP TESTIMONY: 2.4.16 PBS Test in STRONG SUPP HB 2188
- Great program that helps people develop marketable job skills
- Instills great work ethic and values
- We need to expand programs like this to help people get out and stay out!
HB 2001 – DPS – COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SENTENCING REFORM
Establishes a Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform in the Governor’s Office. Requires the Commission to develop a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies to further reduce the State’s incarcerated population by 25% by year 2025. The Commission shall also develop a plan to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. MIZUNO, BELATTI, CACHOLA, CREAGAN, FUKUMOTO CHANG, HASHEM, ICHIYAMA, KEOHOKALOLE, KOBAYASHI, LOPRESTI, LOWEN, MORIKAWA, NISHIMOTO, POUHA, SAIKI, SAY, SOUKI, TAKAYAMA, TSUJI, Choy, DeCoite
TALKING POINTS: (Kat is still analyzing the bill and will post CAP testimony tomorrow.)
- Interesting bill!
- The Executive Branch’s agencies now all have spin doctors or Public Information Officers.
- The public/taxpayers needs a independent body that will take a hard look at what is happening here, in the US, and in other developing countries. It would not take long to figure out how the US got to be the world’s largest jail.
- In 2009, if Hawai`i were counted as a separate nation, we would have been virtually tied for 4th as largest jailer in the world. We can do so much. We need political courage and only the people can force that to happen.
- In every great struggle the people were way ahead of. It’s up to us!
HB 2190 – PU`UHONUA COMMISSION
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. TAKAYAMA
TALKING TESTIMONY: 2.4.16 PBS Testimony in SUPPORT of HB 2190
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