Many of the costs the state pays aren’t detailed in budget documents. And the expense is not the only issue.
Even when prisoners are murdered, state officials and their private contractor shield themselves from the public eye.
Dead fish float in the greenish-brown pools, which have long been a headache for state maintenance workers.
Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.
The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.
Some say a bill to create an independent review board would still keep the public in the dark for far too long.
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.
Sen. Will Espero has long been an advocate for more police accountability. The arrest of a DLNR cop has him pushing even harder.
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.
Honolulu Police training follows national trend of authorities advising people what to do if someone starts shooting in a public place.