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Will Espero

‘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.

Will Espero’s Hawaii Senate District 19 Survey

Read Espero's answers to six questions.