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Will Espero

Is Hawaii Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Hawaii Saving Millions By Using A Mainland Prison?

Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Keeps Secret What Happens In Its Private Prison

Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Future Of Hawaii Capitol’s Reflecting Pools Is As Murky As The Water

Dead fish float in the greenish-brown pools, which have long been a headache for state maintenance workers.

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is The Proposed Review Of Police Killings Just ‘Window-Dressing’?

Some say a bill to create an independent review board would still keep the public in the dark for far too long.

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Did A Man Lose His Fingers And Feet To A Jailhouse Infection?

The state is on the hook for more than $7 million for neglecting a former inmate’s severe blood infection at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘We Need To Speak Out’: Lawmaker Fights For Police Reform

Sen. Will Espero has long been an advocate for more police accountability. The arrest of a DLNR cop has him pushing even harder.

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inmate Work Furlough Program: Statistical Success or a Public Danger?

Prison reform advocates and tough-on-crime proponents glean different conclusions from the same numbers concerning well-publicized prisoners who walk away — and the few who commit new crimes.

Hawaii Capitol to Prepare for ‘Active Shooter’ Scenario

Hawaii Capitol to Prepare for ‘Active Shooter’ Scenario

Honolulu Police training follows national trend of authorities advising people what to do if someone starts shooting in a public place.

Hawaii Takes ‘A Big Step’ in Making Police More Accountable for Misconduct

Hawaii Takes ‘A Big Step’ in Making Police More Accountable for Misconduct

A recently passed measure will force county police departments to provide more information about misconduct.
Honolulu Police Want to Keep Misconduct Away From Public Scrutiny

Honolulu Police Want to Keep Misconduct Away From Public Scrutiny

Legislation is advancing that would require full disclosure about officers who get suspended for misconduct.
Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

Prison Builders: Hawaii’s Billion Dollar Problem

Overcrowding and aging facilities have the state looking at an expensive overhaul of its prison system.
Can Misconduct Bill ‘Validate’ Public Trust in Hawaii Police?

Can Misconduct Bill ‘Validate’ Public Trust in Hawaii Police?

A Senate measure that would require more information about bad cops to be made public passes Senate committee.
Hawaii Lawmaker Wants New Statewide Agency To Monitor Police

Hawaii Lawmaker Wants New Statewide Agency To Monitor Police

The bill would create an oversight board that could revoke a police officer's license for misconduct.
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