Analyze This: Hawaii's Criminal Justice System

Council of State Governments Justice Center

UPDATED 9/29/11 8:45 a.m.

Crimes, arrests and felony dispositions are on the decline in Hawaii, yet the number of people incarcerated has remained stable.

Why?

Three reasons: The pre-trial population has more than doubled, a bottlenecked system is increasing parole denials and parole violators are being held longer and without supervision.

Those are the main — and surprising — findings of a preliminary analysis from the Justice Reinvestment project in Hawaii.

On Wednesday, some two dozen people involved in the state's criminal justice system got an update at the state Capitol on the project, a data-driven approach to reduce spending on corrections and redirect the money into cutting crime and improving public safety.

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