Do Hawaii Kids Have A Refuge In Times Of Crisis?

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Sometimes kids just need a safe haven.

A refuge to get away from abuse and bullying. A no-judgment zone where they know they can seek advice and get help. A place where no one — not even the cops — will punish them for making a mistake.

As of now, however, such places don’t exist in Hawaii — at least not any whose purview extends beyond kids who’ve already broken the law.

Senate Bill 391 wanted to change that by establishing a preliminary network of "safe places" for youth. The two-year pilot program would've made use of existing organizations such as the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club. But the measure, which was the state Keiki Caucus's top priority this year, died in conference committee Friday.

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