CAP Action Alert for Thursday 4.13.17

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matthew Lo Presti, Vice Chair
Thursday, April 13, 2017
10:00 am
Room 312

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.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SCR126_SD1_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT  

Talking Points:

  • 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.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SCR169_SD1_.pdf

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

 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, 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.

CAPWatch – Report from the front

2nd Crossover of Bills at the Legislature

THIRD READING FOR CAP 2017 JUSTICE BILLS

4.11.17 – 2ND CROSSOVER UPDATE

Yesterday, the rest of the bills that CAP has been working on were heard in THIRD READING. All were on what is called the “Consent Calendar”. This means that these bills were discussed in caucus so no floor discussion was needed/allowed. All thirteen* of the bills we have been working on all session have now passed three readings in both chambers.
*This includes SB 249, which was on the quicksheet that was sent out.

This made it a very different Third Reading than in previous sessions. In the House there were a few bills that engendered discussion. The one we are working on is SB 249 – the judicial retirement bill that had 12 no votes and 6 w/reservations votes. But there was lots of drama on this one. Rep. Thielen rose to speak and said that this bill was to “punish” the Judiciary for some of their decisions. That made Majority Leader Saiki stand up and call for a recess. They came back after their pow wow and Rep. Thielen withdrew the word “punish” with “impact”. Then Rep. Tupola (Minority Leader) made a motion to recommit the bill (which would send it back to committee – i.e. dead this session). Another confab and then they came back and she withdrew her motion. Then Rep. Ward stood and called for a roll call vote (on the bill) and another confab took place. They came back and Rep. Ward withdrew his roll call motion. The final vote 39-12-0. There is dis-satisfaction so maybe this bill will die.

Another bill in the House that had a lot of discussion of SB 704 – Vacation Rentals – Air B&B bill. It passed, but there were 7 no votes and 11 w/reservations. Could be in trouble.

The Rail tax bill – extending the rail tax 2 years. There were 10 no votes and 3 w/reservations.

There was little to no discussion in the Senate.

This was disconcerting. Are the policies under which we must all live being developed behind closed doors? Is transparency as dead in Hawai`i as it appears to be in DC? This is really appalling and disturbing.

In an effort to raise our voices, there are two resolutions being heard by the House Public Safety Committee on Thursday. The first one – SCR 126 SD1 is good and we want to see the Judiciary reform the bail system and pre-trial practices; the second one, however, asks the HCR 85 Task Force to identify sites. This group has no money, no expertise, and a HUGE TASK to be completed. What is this about?

CAPWatch Quick Update

Here is the status of justice bills CAP has been testifying on this session:
CAPWATCH QUICKSHEET – 4.8.17
Today is third reading on the rest of our bills (some have already passed).
Here is where we stand as of now:
  • 12 bills still in play
  • 4 bills have already pass third reading (HB 1246; SB 718; SB 895; HB 209)
  • 8 bills up for third reading today (SB 603; HB 845; HB 463; HB 478; HB 1135; HB 844; HB 1195;HB 1501)
  • 7 bills are OK, 4 bills need work; 1 is really BAD SB 895
Also here is the reso sheet: CAPWATCH 4.7.17 RESO UPDATE…all crossed over except for decriminalizing marijuana (sad since more than 20 state have decriminalized cannabis and the sky has not fallen. 
 
Kat has  been doing lots of public speaking in the last several weeks, which is why posts have been sporadic. We are working to counter the alternative facts put out of the Department of Public Safety.  
 
When we started the session, there were 77 housing and homeless bills. At this point in the session, the legislature has put $66 million to design THE MOST UNAFFORDABLE HOUSING IN HAWAI`I…A JAIL AND PRISON. 
 
Steven Stills was correct: THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING HERE…WHAT IT IS AIN’T EXACTLY CLEAR…or is it???

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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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

Contact Senate Judiciary NOW – Ask them to pass HB 1489!

From Kat:

Kia Ora from Aotearoa!

I am shocked that the Senate Judiciary Committee has deferred HB 1489 – the bill that would codify in state statute the tremendous work of Patsy Mink.

I am sending Barbara Polk’s email and asking that you contact the committee by email asap to ask them to pass HB 1489…a bill that had no opposition.  Please contact the committee now!

The Senate Judiciary Committee deferred this bill yesterday, despite NO negative testimony in any of its three hearings, and lots of supportive testimony in each.  A majority of JUD committee members, including Chair Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, sponsored the Senate companion bill, but did not hear it.  Now they have deferred the House bill.  I don’t think we should let this lie. If the 100% Democratic Senate cannot pass a bill that guarantees civil rights to more than half the population of the state, it needs to hear what we think.

Here is the bill’s short description:

Prohibits a state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of disability, sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. (HB1489 HD1)

I would suggest emailing the committee members asking why they deferred a bill that had no public opposition. And if there is no response by today, blanketing the Senate with emails (sens@capitol.hawaii.gov) objecting. Time is of the essence–the bill has also been referred to WAM, so if it does not pass 2nd reading in the Senate by Friday, it dies.

For more information, to read the bill, and see testimony:

Vice Chair Karl Rhoads <senrhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov>, Senator Laura Thielen <senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov>,
Senator Donna Mercado Kim <senkim@capitol.hawaii.gov> and Senator Mike Gabbard <sengabbard@capitol.hawaiil.gov>

CAPWATCH Update: 12 bills CAP testified on last week

Status of Bills Heard March 14th – 17th

JUSTICE REINVESTMENT
HB 1135 HD1     JUSTICE REINVESTMENT INITIATIVE        PSM, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1135_HD1_.pdf
2.14.17 PSM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (SD1): Took Prosecutor and Crime Victim & Prosecutor amendments (need to clarify what they are)

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ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION
HB 1246 HD2     PRE-TRIAL RELEASE; ALTERNAT PGMS; ELECTRONIC MONITOR   PSM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1246_HD2_.HTM
2.14.17 PSM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (SD1): Clarified that electronic monitoring could be used for home confinement

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SENTENCING
Criminal Trespass:
SB 895 SD1    Criminal Trespass; St Lands; St Hwys      WAL, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB895_SD1_.pdf
3.15.17 WAL PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)

 HB 1142    CRIM TRESPASS; DOT LANDS; ST HWYS TRE, JDL
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1142_.pdf
3.15.17 TRE DEFERRED THE BILL (DEAD THIS SESSION)
Good that this bill is dead but SB 895 SD1 HD1 is still alive and has to be put down in Judiciary

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COMMUNITY COURT OUTREACH
SB 718 SD1         COMMUNITY CT OUTREACH PROJECT    JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB718_SD1_.pdf
3.15.17 JUD PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Admin Segregation & Solitary:

SB 603 SD1         CORR FACILS; ADMIN & DISC SEG; RESTRICT PBS, JUD
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB603_SD1_.pdf
3.16.17 PBS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)
Contents of the bill gutted; Add report on how many incarcerated people are in segregation; how long they are in in segregation; administrative segregation no more tha 14 days; disciplinary no more than 60 days; number of transgender persons in segregation and length of stay in all facilities in Hawai`i and Arizona. Add language from HB 462 requesting consultants to look for 4.5 acres or larger and to suspend the EOS process for OCCC relocation.

ID:

SB 1039 SD1       INMATES; SOC SECURITY CARD; BIRTH CERTIF; ID ($)     PBS, JUD, FIN
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB1039_SD1_.pdf
3.16.17 PBS PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (HD1)
Public safety asked that parolees be added, along with a $20,000 implementation cost.

HB 463 HD1        STATE ID CARD; SAT CITY HALLS                PSM/TRE,WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB463_HD1_.pdf
3.16.17 PSM PASSED WITH AMENDMENTS (SD1)

Kulani:
HB 478 HD1        KULANI, WAIAWA AG OP; ($)     PSM/AEN, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB478_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 PSM/AEN PASSED with SD1.
Amendments were to blank out $ amount(s) and add an appropriation for Waiawa

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LEAD

HB 1195 HD1     HOMELESSNESS; ($)                        HMS, JDL/WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 HMS did not have quorum, so will vote on this bill on Wednesday, 3.22 @ 2:45 pm in Room 016.

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JUVENILE JUSTICE

HB 844 HD1        SAFE PLACES FOR YOUTH ;; ($) HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB844_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 HMS did not have quorum, so will vote on this bill on Wednesday, 3.22 @ 2:45 pm in Room 016.

HB 1466 HD1     YOUTH ADVIS COMM; OYS         HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1466_HD1_.pdf
3.17.17 HMS did not have quorum, so will vote on this bill on Wednesday, 3.22 @ 2:45 pm in Room 016.

Bills & Resolutions This Week Tues, Wed, and Thurs

TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair
Sen. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2:00 pm
Room 229

HB 845 HD2    PSM, JDL/WAM    INMATES; IDENTIFICATION CARDS; REENTRY; ($)
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB845_HD2_.pdf
Requires the Department of Public Safety in collaboration with county and state agencies and, upon request of the inmate, to issue civil identification cards to inmates and to assist inmate in obtaining the inmate’s birth certificate, social security card, and other relevant identification necessary for successful reentry into society. (HB845 HD2) GATES, CREAGAN, ING, C. LEE, LOWEN, OHNO, TAKAYAMA, DeCoite, LoPresti, Nakamura, Quinlan, Todd, Woodson

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • Identification is the lynchpin of successful reentry and reintegration
  • Without proper identification, formerly incarcerated persons cannot secure housing * Get a Job * Open a bank account * Cash a check       * Register to vote * Get a library card
  • SB 1039 is better, but still needs a little work.
  • Please support id for folks exiting incarceration and those on work furlough, extended work furlough, and community placement.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND LABOR

Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Chair
Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
9:30 am
Room 016

HB1489 HD1      JDL, WAM    DISCRIMINATION; SEX; GENDER ID/EXPRESSION; SEXUAL ORIEN.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1489_HD1_.pdf
Prohibits a state agency or program or activity receiving state financial assistance from excluding from participation, denying benefits to, or discriminating against a qualified individual by reason of disability, sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. (HB1489 HD1)BELATTI, EVANS, ICHIYAMA, LOWEN, MATSUMOTO, NAKAMURA, NAKASHIMA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, DeCoite

GREAT BILL!

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • This is an important bill that guarantees the rights of ALL people will be respected
  • It codifies, in state statute, Patsy Minkʻs Title IX
  • We must keep reminding everyone that the Aloha Spirit is in statute
  • If we really want peace in our communities, we must treat each other with aloha and kindness

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

Rep. Gregg Takayama, Chair
Rep. Matt Lo Presti, Vice Chair
Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:00 am
Room 312

HCR 134    PBS, JUD     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.  NISHIMOTO
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR134_.pdf

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS

 

HCR 156     PBS, FIN    REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO INCLUDE SITES THAT ARE 4.5 ACRES OR LARGER IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PROCESS FOR THE OAHU COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER RELOCATION.  TAKAYAMA, CREAGAN, GATES, ING, LOPRESTI, DeCoite, Thielen
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR156_.pdf

CAP POSITION: COMMENTS

 

HCR 157      PBS, JUD    REQUESTING THAT THE CORRECTIONAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE CONTINUE ITS STUDY OF EFFECTIVE INCARCERATION POLICIES TO REDUCE THE INMATE POPULATION, LOWER RECIDIVISM, AND IMPROVE HAWAII’S CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM.  TAKAYAMA, CREAGAN, GATES, ING, LOPRESTI, DeCoite, Thielen
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR157_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

 

HCR 158    PBS, JUD    ENCOURAGING THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAMS TO ASSIST FEMALE INMATES TRANSITION BACK INTO SOCIETY. BELATTI, EVANS, FUKUMOTO, LUKE, MATSUMOTO, MORIKAWA, NAKAMURA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, THIELEN, DeCoite
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/Bills/HCR158_.pdf

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT

 

3 Important Bills on Fri. 3/17 – Please support!

Sen. Green has scheduled the LEAD bill and 2 other great juvenile justice bills! Yay!!! May the luck of the Irish be with us!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Sen. Josh Green, Chair
Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair
Friday, March 17, 2017
2:50 pm
Room 016

HB 1195 HD1   HOMELESSNESS; APPROPRIATIONS ($)   HMS, JDL/WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1195_HD1_.pdf
Appropriates funds to DOH and DHS, including the office of youth services, to provide homeless outreach services.  MORIKAWA, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, KOBAYASHI, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, NAKASHIMA, ONISHI, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, TOKIOKA, WOODSON

This is an important bill that funds a variety of programs for people living unsheltered in our communities. Among other important appropriations, the committee report shows an earmark of $200,000 to establish a LEAD pilot program in Honolulu.

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

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 and planning about how to best serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community form the basis for this program
  • Dept. of Health has been on board and excited about this pilot

 

HB 844 HD1   SAFE PLACES FOR 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

Another great bill for our youth!

CAP POSITION: STRONG 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 1466 HD1    YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION    HMS, WAM
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/HB1466_HD1_.pdf
Establishes a youth advisory commission within the office of youth services to advise the governor and legislature on issues relating to youth.  TODD, KEOHOKALOLE, LOPRESTI, MCKELVEY, MORIKAWA/

Another great bill based on best practices!

CAP POSITION: STRONG SUPPORT

Talking Points:

  • A commission that is comprised entirely of youth to work on issues and policies to improve their lives is crucial
  • The research CAP has done on youth justice shows that having their voices and experiences to inform public policy leads to much better policymaking
  • Engaging our youth in civic matters makes great citizens and future leaders!

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

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