COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY
Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matthew Lo Presti, Vice Chair
Thursday, April 13, 2017
SCR 126 SD1 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
- At the end of February, 51% of the people in OCCC were pre-trial detainees/innocent until proven guilty.
- The department of public safety described their role as, “The Judiciary sends them to us; we lock them up.”
- Something must be done to reduce the pre-trial population, many of whom were houseless at the time of arrest
- Most people at OCCC are imprisoned for small kine crimes (lowest felony, misdemeanors, violations) and could not make bail
- Research shows that pre-trial detainees are more like to go to prison than those who are released
- Even a few days in jail disrupts someone’s life and impacts their future
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 CriminalProcessing 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 – We included a re-written resolution! 4.13.17 PBS SCR 169 SD1 COMMENTS
- 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, and fund things like the Community Court Outreach and LEAD programs – things at hand right now?
- Our focus should be on how Hawai`i will implement and what is needed to facilitate the implementation of best practices that are data driven and evidence-based.