Bills and Resos today 4/3 and tomorrow 4/4

This is the last hearing for these bills. If can, please support them. All of them are good and will help Hawai`i move toward more safe, healthy, and just communities! WAM is decision-making only, but very important for the community to be on record supporting reform!

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

Senate COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

Sen. Jill Tokuda, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair
Monday, April 3, 2017
1:35 p.m.

HB 844 HD1       SAFE PLACES 4 YOUTH PILOT PGM; AT-RISK YOUTH; COORDINATOR;  ($) HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf
Requires the Office of Youth Services to coordinate a two-year Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program in partnership with private organizations to coordinate a network that youth can access for safety and where youth can obtain advice, guidance, programs, and services. Establishes a Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program Coordinator position. Appropriates funds. GATES, BELATTI, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, HAR, HOLT, KEOHOKALOLE, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, OHNO, OSHIRO, TODD, WOODSON, Johanson, Quinlan, San Buenaventura

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.3.17 WAM HB 844 HD1 SUPPORT

TALKING POINTS:

  • The Safe Place Network will link together many existing resources for youth and families, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCAs, Family Centers and Neighborhood places
  • It will provide young people with ways to deal with problems before they get into trouble with the law
  • It will provide early intervention that avoids involvement with the juvenile justice, child welfare systems and helps youth and families resolve their issues
  • The 24-hour crisis response will follow the National Safe Place model, in which community partners, such as fire stations and public bus systems are recruited as places where young people can go in an emergency

 

HB 478 SD1      KULANI, WAIAWA AGRICULTURE OPERATION; APPROPRIATION ($)   PSM/AEN, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_SD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds for a full-time agricultural management position and equipment for Kulani correctional facility agriculture operations and a full-time agricultural management position and equipment for Waiawa correctional facility agriculture operations.ONISHI, CREAGAN, DECOITE, HAR, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, OSHIRO, TAKAYAMA, TODD

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.3.17 WAM HB 478 SD1

TALKING POINTS:

  • This is a good program for the people at Kulani and it now includes funding for Waiawa – working outside in fresh air is good for health
  • Growing food for the facility would result in cost savings and better nutrition for the people living and working there
  • Learning how to farm is a needed skill as the state moves toward food sustainability
  • An agricultural manager will keep the program on track and hopefully will provide reports to the legislature on their progress

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TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017

senate COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR

Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
9:30 am
Room 016

HB 1501 HD2  DRUG PARAPHERNALIA; POSSESSION AND DELIVERY;CIVIL VIOLATIONS         JDL, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1501_HD2_.pdf
Reclassifies drug paraphernalia possession and delivery offenses from felonies to violations subject to a fine of $100. SAN BUENAVENTURA, CREAGAN, EVANS, MIZUNO, NISHIMOTO, TODD, WOODSON, Brower, DeCoite

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 JDL – HB 1501 HD1

TALKING POINTS – PROVIDED BY DRUG POLICY FORUM OF HAWAI`I – MAHALO!

– The costs of enforcing these drug paraphernalia offenses as felonies are astronomical. Locking up the current 167 nonviolent offenders is costing the State more than $20 million.
– These tax dollars are better spent on community programs and rehabilitation of nonviolent, low-risk drug offenders – in other words, the very people most likely to be imprisoned for drug paraphernalia offenses.
– Claims by prosecutors and police that they need this type of broad, harsh law in order to “get the bad guys” are reflective of 1980s thinking. Hawai’i should instead continue to focus on innovative alternatives to incarceration like the LEAD pre-arrest diversion program and the Community Court Outreach.
– Immigrants convicted of class C felonies are potentially deportable under current immigration laws.
– Hawaii’s drug laws, like those on the mainland, disproportionately target certain communities of color. The effect of having such a harsh penalty for drug paraphernalia means individuals from these communities are very likely to wind up behind bars for a longer time as a result of being pressured to accept a plea bargain.

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COMMITTEE ON WAYS & MEANS

Sen. Jill Tokuda, Chair
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Vice Chair
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
9:45 am
Room 211

SCR 169 SD1   REQUESTING THE TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED TO STUDY EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM, ALSO IDENTIFY IN ITS FINAL REPORT SITES FOR A NEW CORRECTIONAL FACILITY THAT ARE TEN ACRES OR LESS IN SIZE.

How disingenuous! Oh yes, mention the task force looking to “improve Hawai`i’s correctional system” while the decisions have already been made to build a big jail and an even bigger prison on O`ahu with absolutely no planning and discussion about what we want our correctional system to look like for the next 50-100 years. Right now, Hawai`i is an outlier – our people are incarcerated for things we never imprisoned people for a few decades ago and our folks serve longer sentences than those for similar crimes in other jurisdictions.

Why have we turned our Criminal Justice System into the Criminal Processing System? Cui Bono? Who Benefits? Prison Corporations, Consultants. This is an industry that we should not be trying to develop in Hawai`i.

Hawai`i is at a crossroads and this reso could be a great opportunity to support inclusive, collaborative, discussions about Hawai`i’s correctional future.

CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 WAM SCR 169 SD1 COMMENTS

CAP POSITION:  COMMENTS

TALKING POINTS:

  • How can we talk about sites and buildings BEFORE we discuss who we are building for?
  • Do we really want OCCC to be a shelter and center for people dealing with public health challenges?
  • 51% of the people at OCCC as of 2.28.17 were pre-trial detainees, costing taxpayers more than $2 million a month
  • Why are we in a rush to build before we reform the bail system, fully implement Justice Reinvestment, fund the Community Court Outreach and LEAD programs – things at hand right now?

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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
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
1:30 pm
Room 211

SCR 100           URGING LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY THE MALAMA KAKOU PROJECT FOR THE TESTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS AND REQUESTING AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE TESTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS IN THE STATE.

CAP POSITION:  STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 JDL-WAM SCR 100

 

SCR 117 ENCOURAGES THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAMS TO ASSIST FEMALE INMATES TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY.

CAP POSITION:  STRONG SUPPORT 
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 JDL-WAM SCR 117

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COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair
Rep. Ty Cullen, Vice Chair
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
2:00 pm
Room 308

SB 249 SD2, HD1 reduces the percentage of average final compensation used to calculate the retirement allowance for a member who first earned credited service as a judge after June 30, 2050, to two per cent.

CAP POSITION:  OPPOSITION
CAP Testimony:  4.4.17 FIN OPPOSE SB 249 SD2, HD1

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COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Chair
Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
2:15 pm
Room 325

HCR 133 URGES LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY THE MALAMA KAKOU PROJECT FOR THE TESTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS AND REQUESTING AN ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE TESTING OF SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE COLLECTION KITS IN THE STATE.

CAP POSITION:  STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17. JUD HCR 133 SUPPORT

 

HCR 134 REQUESTING THE JUDICIARY TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING CRIMINAL PRETRIAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES TO MAXIMIZE PUBLIC SAFETY, MAXIMIZE COURT APPEARANCES, AND MAXIMIZE PRETRIAL RELEASE OF THE ACCUSED AND PRESUMED INNOCENT.

CAP POSITION:  SUPPORT 
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 JUD HCR 134

 

HCR 157 REQUESTS THAT THE CORRECTIONAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE CONTINUE ITS STUDY OF EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO REDUCE THE DETAINEE AND INMATE POPULATION WHILE PRESERVING PUBLIC SAFETY, LOWER RECIDIVISM, AND IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.

CAP POSITION:  STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 JUD HCR 157 HD1

 

HCR 158 ENCOURAGING THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAMS TO ASSIST FEMALE INMATES TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY.

CAP POSITION:  STRONG SUPPORT
CAP Testimony: 4.4.17 JUD HCR 158

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