CAP originally formed as the Rethinking Prisons Working Group in the mid-1990’s. A group of churches, social workers, scholars, researchers, community organizations, formerly incarcerated individuals and families of the incarcerated came together to discuss what was happening in Hawai`i. These discussions led to our first conference called “Community Solutions to Hawai`i’s Prison Problems: Exploring the Root Causes of Crime in Hawai`i” in 1998 where more than 250 people participated.
Since then CAP has sponsored and co-sponsored many other conferences and workshops focusing on evidence-based solutions that have been well researched and proven to work in other places. Our aim is always to educate the larger community about justice issues in Hawai`i. These issues affect each and every one of us in a variety of ways.