COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair
Friday, March 4, 2016
HB 2391 HD1 – RELEASE OF CERTAIN MISDEMEANANTS
Defines the circumstance for the Director of Public Safety to release pretrial and sentenced misdemeanants at community correctional centers.
The HD1 specifies that individuals who are not eligible for release by the Director of Public Safety shall include pretrial or sentenced misdemeanants who are convicted or arrested on suspicion of abuse of family or household members.
CAP POSITION: SUPPORT
CAP TESTIMONY: 3.4.16 JUD Testimony SUPPORT HB 2391 HD1 (1)
- As we noted in our testimony, Hawai`i could save at least $500,000 a month by releasing pre-trial and sentenced misdemeanants and petty misdemeanants
- Reducing the jail populations is a good management strategy and we want to see a diverse array of community-based programs
- Our community correctional centers are bursting at the seams. The director reported these stats to the Budget committees in January: Percentage of overcrowding:
OCCC = 125%; MCCC = 154%; HCCC = 170%
(Kat could not hear KCCC numbers, but have heard that it was the most overcrowded CCC in the past, so guessing it would be at around 175-180% over capacity)
- Releasing individuals who pose little to no threat to the community is wise. Pre-trial misdemeanants and petty misdemeanants have not been convicted and are innocent until proven guilty under the Constitution.