2 Important Bills on Thursday 3/30: ID and LEAD

ACTION NEEDED NOW: We need to respectfully ask the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Scott Nishimoto repnishimoto@capitol.hawaii.gov (Ph: 586-8515)for a hearing on SB 603 SD1 HD1 – the bill on admin and disciplinary segregation. The bill is really messed up now – calling only for a report from the department and then another section about the EIS for OCCC (asking consultants to look for 4.5 acre or larger sites) and conferring with the HCR 85 task force. The department is against it saying they have policies. Incarcerated people have been murdered in segregation in Hawai`i and Arizona. If JUD doesn’t hear the bill, it is dead this session. This bill needs to get to conference. Please contact Chair Nishimoto today…time is running out.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR

Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

Sen. Jill Tokuda, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:50 am
Room 211

TO TESTIFY: Go to www.capitol.hawaii.gov, sign in, click orange submit testimony button, put bill number in box. Scroll down and follow instructions.

HB 845 HD2, SD1 INMATES; IDENTIFICATION CARDS; REENTRY; ($)    PSM, JDL/WAM
 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB845_SD1_.pdf
Requires the Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with county and state agencies, and, upon request of the inmates, to issue civil identification cards to inmates and to assist inmates in obtaining the inmates’ birth certificate, social security card, and other relevant identification necessary for successful reentry into society. Requires the Department of Public Safety to initiate the process of assisting inmates released to work furlough, extended furlough, or community placement programs at least ninety days prior to the inmates’ release. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)  GATES, CREAGAN, ING, C. LEE, LOWEN, OHNO, TAKAYAMA, DeCoite, LoPresti, Nakamura, Quinlan, Todd, Woodson

We need to get this bill to conference.

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 ADMIN
  • 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

HB 1195 HD1, SD1      RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS                     PSM, JDL/WAM
 http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_SD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds to the Department of Health and Department of Human Services, including the Office of Youth Services, to provide homeless outreach services and rental subsidies to reduce and prevent homelessness. Takes effect on 7/1/2075. (SD1)

This bill funds the Honolulu pilot for the successful LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diverison) program from Seattle. CAP is part of the Hawai`i LEAD Hui.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORTVERY IMPORTANT BILL!

Talking Points:

  • Of the 16,000 arrests made on Oahu last year, 61% involved people who were severely mentally ill or abusing drugs, according to the Honolulu Police Department
  • 43% of detainees in HPD’s central cell block last year were homeless. Of those, 72% had a serious mental illness or substance abuse problem
  • A community of service providers, community organizations, agencies, and policymakers have been meeting since June 2016 to build the infrastructure that is vital to make this program work

Real thought, planning, and discussion about how to best serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community who suffer from a variety of challenges was the basis for this community initiative and this forms the foundation for this program

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