CAP Action Alert: 2 Very Important Bills on Thurs 3/16 – Please Support!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matt LoPresti, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 16, 2017
10:00 am
Room 312

SB 1039 SD 2      SOC SEC CARD; BIRTH CERT; ID ($)      PBS, JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB1039_SD2_.pdf
Requires PSD to work with the Social Security Administration to enter into an agreement to obtain replacement social security cards for inmates. Requires PSD, in conjunction with DOH, DOT, and the examiner of drivers of each county, to provide Hawaii-born inmates with copies of birth certificates and driver’s licenses or civil ID cards free of charge. Requires PSD to assist inmates born outside of Hawaii to obtain birth certificates and photo IDs. Requires PSD to initiate the process of obtaining social security cards, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and civil ID cards at least ninety days prior to release for inmates released to work furlough, extended furlough, or community placement programs. (SD1)

NISHIHARA, ESPERO, IHARA, KIDANI, K. RHOADS, S. Chang, Dela Cruz, Keith-Agaran, Taniguchi, Wakai     

 CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORTVERY IMPORTANT BILL!

Talking Points:

  • Identification is a vital piece of successful reentry and reintegration
  • Hawai`i is the ONLY STATE with NO AGREEMENT WITH THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
  • This bill requires the department to get crackin’ on this vital reentry piece!
  • Without proper identification, formerly incarcerated persons cannot
  • Secure housing
  • Employment
  • Open a bank account
  • Cash a check
  • Register to vote
  • Get a library card

 

SB 603 SD1    CORR FACILS; ADMIN & DISCIPLIn SEG; RESTRICT,  PBS, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB603_SD1_.pdf
Creates restrictions on the use of administrative segregation and disciplinary segregation in corrections facilities.  NISHIHARA, ESPERO, Baker, Dela Cruz, K. Kahele, Kidani, Wakai

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • The department needs more oversight in this regard as the federal government reported that Hawai`i is 7th in the nation in suicides in correctional facilities.
  • In Hawai`i the department of public safety sets aside part of Halawa for most of the state’s maximum-custody prisoners: special holding cells where they are held in isolation for up to 23 hours a day.
  • Nationally, the use of solitary confinement is decreasing, and Hawaii’s maximum custody policy has drawn criticism.
  • Hawai`i uses admin seg as retaliation for people write grievances and for those they dislike
  • Training for correctional officers is crucial so that they understand and are trained to address the needs of the population under their “care and custody”
  • The effects of isolation present many symptoms, both concurrent with their solitary confinement and after the period of solitary confinement has terminated
  • People in Hawai`i have endured years of isolation in Arizona, where the department apparently has a “hands off” policy with the operations of the CCA/CoreCivic Saguaro prison.
  • People have actually been released to the community directly from solitary. This is unconscionable.
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