DAY SIX – THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
Conference committee has been nuts and many, many bills have been ʻrolledʻ to tomorrow, Friday, the last day and negotiations must be done by 6 p.m.
Kat is worried because the wrongful imprisonment bill (our big bill this session) and the penal code bill are not scheduled until 2:15…with a 6 pm deadline. Trying not to stress….
HB 2561 HD1 SD1 – PENAL CODE REVIEW BILL – ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
The House is tinkering with language to make the habitual criminal language broader. What has been enormously frustrating is that the prosecutors sandbagged the final hearing and introduced things that were NEVER DISCUSSED during the 6 months of Penal Code Review Committee discussions.
The House will offer a CD1 on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm. In Room 325
4.26.16 – Another CD1 will be offered – this makes me nervous!
The Committee will reconvene on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 2:15 p.m. in room 325
4.27.16 – House still working on CD1 expanding/broadening language on habitual offender statute. Iʻm getting really nervous about this bill as the AG whispers to the JDL Chair before the meeting.
The Committee will reconvene on THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 2:20 p.m. in room 325
4.28.16 – The House offered their CD1. Some really bad language that widens the net for habitual property crimes and making misdemeanants felons. This is so draconian and not what is happening around the country and the world. So sad that the legislature is letting the prosecutors have their way, when they are the biggest roadblock to reform! On the bright side, however, is that the felony theft threshold has been raised to $750, which places Hawai`i about mid-center of most jurisdictions.
The committee will RECONVENE FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH at 2:15 p.m.
I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. – Howard Zinn