Special Report { Uncovering Police Misconduct In Hawaii

A Test Of Hawaii's Fledgling Public Records Law

Robert Brown/Civil Beat

University of Hawaii journalism student Jahan Byrne’s records request to the Honolulu Police Department for police disciplinary records came on the heels of a 1993 legislative change to the state’s public records law, which was then less than five years old.

Ever since the Uniform Information Practices Act took effect in 1989, there had been confusion over what information should be released when a public employee is disciplined for misconduct.

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