CAP Action Alert: 4 Bills on Tues. 3/14 and Wed. 3/15

Bills scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Committee on public Safety, Intergovernmental and military Affairs

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1:15 pm
Room 229

HB 1135 HD1    JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INIT    PSM/JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1135_HD1_.pdf
Amends Act 139, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, to delete the repeal and reenactment provision in section 14.

SOUKI (Introduced by request of another party)
The HD1 “defected the date” to 2050.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Change date to “EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
  • This is about Justice Reinvestment, passed in 2012 and minimally implemented
  • Passing this bill will allow Public Safety to continue work on Justice Reinvestment

HB 1246 HD2   PRE-TRIAL RELEASE; ALTERNATIVE PGMS; ELEC MON & SURVEILL; ($) PSM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1246_HD2_.HTM
Expands the authority of DPS to release certain pre-trial detainees and sentenced offenders to include felons. Requires electronic monitoring of released detainees and offenders. Authorizes electronic monitoring of offenders in programs that offer alternatives to incarceration. Appropriates funds. TAKAYAMA, BELATTI, BROWER, CACHOLA, CREAGAN, EVANS, GATES, KEOHOKALOLE, LOPRESTI, MCDERMOTT, NISHIMOTO, SAIKI, SOUKI, DeCoite, Ichiyama, Kobayashi, Todd

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT w AMENDMENTS

Talking Points:

  • We need to implement more alternatives to incarceration by developing a robust network of community-based programs that directly address individual’s pathways to crime and imprisonment.
  • The Amendment is: RESTORE THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE BILL (HB 1246) that includes releasing people from our overcrowded community correctional centers.
  • It is shameful that the department reported that as of November 2016, 51% of the individuals incarcerated at OCCC were pre-trial detainees – costing us more than $2 million a month!

 

There are also 2 criminal trespass bills that are coming up for hearings on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH

These bills are supported by the administration that is addressing the homeless/houselessness issues. It is so confusing. Adding more crimes to the penal code doesn’t solve a problem…working on the roots of crime and making the necessary changes to the challenges that lead individuals to commit crime is a better, more sustainable way of addressing the social issues Hawai`i just seems to want to hide in plain sight.

 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

COMMITTEE ON WATER AND LAND

Rep. Ryan Yamane, Chair
Rep. Sam Kong, Vice Chair
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:30 am
Room 325

SB 895 SD1 Criminal Trespass; State Lands; State Highways   WAL, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB895_SD1_.pdf

Establishes the offense of criminal trespass onto state lands to the penal code. Amends the offenses of criminal trespass in the second degree to apply to government agricultural property regardless of whether it is fenced, enclosed, or otherwise secured. Takes effect on 1/7/2059. (SD1)  (GOVERNOR’S PKG)

CAP POSITION: OPPOSITION

Talking Points:

  • Hawai`i needs to stop criminalizing some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
  • Adding more crimes to an already patchwork penal code does not improve the quality of justice In Hawai`i
  • CAP implores the state to address these social challenges by creating appropriate services to address the needs of this population – incarceration is not the answer.

 

COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY

Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
1:15 pm
Room 225

HB 1142   CRIMINAL TRESPASS; STATE DOT LANDS; HWYS   TRE, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1142_.pdf
Adds the offense of criminal trespass onto State Department of Transportation lands to the penal code. Souki

CAP POSITION: OPPOSITION

Talking Points:

  • Hawai`i needs to stop criminalizing some of the most vulnerable people in our communities
  • Adding more crimes to an already patchwork penal code does not improve the quality of justice In Hawai`i
  • CAP implores the state to address these social challenges by creating appropriate services to address the needs of this population – incarceration is not the answer.

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. – Thomas Jefferson 

 

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