Here is an update on Tuesday, February 2nd bills heard in House Human Services and Senate Public Safety Committees. Mahalo for your testimony – it definitely helped defeat the bad alternative schools bill and helped PASS all 4 bills in PSM & 1 in JDL!
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR
HB 1046 – WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
Provides compensation and services to persons who can demonstrate they were wrongfully convicted of a crime and imprisoned.
PASSED WITH HD1 – 8 SUPPORTED; 0 OPPOSED
COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES
HB 1666 – ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS FOR JUVENILES INVOLVED IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
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.
7 OPPOSED; 2 SUPPORTED; 1 COMMENTS
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
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.
PASSED WITH SD1 – 4 SUPPORTED; 1 COMMENTS
This is what Public Safety wrote (puzzling):
At the present time, PSD has no contracts for commissary services in force, so there are no contracts to audit. This fiscal year, the Department tasked Hawaii Correctional Industries to audit and assess commissary processes statewide. Based on the findings, they will develop a consistent, transparent process for commissary services for all correctional facilities statewide. A proposal will be developed with the goal of implementing the process prior to the end of the current fiscal year.
SB 2629 – 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.
PASSED WITH SD1: 8 SUPPORTED; 2 COMMENTS
SB 2630 – SALE OF CRAFTS BY INCARERATED PERSONS
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.
PASSED AS IS: 6 SUPPORTED; 1 OPPOSED
SB 2631 – APPROPRIATION FOR WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAMS
Appropriates funds to the department of public safety for the expansion of work furlough programs.
PASSED AS IS: 8 SUPPORTED; 1 OPPOSED
SB 2024 – Voting Rights –JDL Decisionmaking on 2.9.16
SB 2096 – Feasibility Study – Transfer/Relocation of OCCC – PSM Decisionmaking 2.16.16
SB 2199 – Phone contracts/commissions- PSM Decisionmaking on 2.16.16