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Supreme Court Appoints Special Master

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary, Apr 2, 2020

The Hawaii Supreme Court issued an order today addressing two pending petitions filed by the State Office of the Public Defender regarding the release or changes in the conditions of confinement of inmates amid concerns of a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Hawaii’s correctional centers and facilities. In its order, the court consolidated the two petitions and appointed retired Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) Judge Daniel R. Foley as Special Master to work with the parties in a collaborative and expeditious manner to address the issues raised in the petitions, and to recommend a resolution while protecting public health and safety. An initial summary report from the Special Master is due by April 9, 2020.

Judge Foley is a respected jurist who served on the ICA from 2000 to 2016, handling appeals from Hawaii circuit, district, and family courts, and from administrative agencies. He chaired the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission and co-chaired the Hawaii Appellate Review Task Force and Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts.

PDF: Here is a link to the order.

SA: Retired appellate judge to recommend which Hawaii inmates to release amid coronavirus pandemic

SA: Hawaii Supreme Court assigns judge to oversee prisoner releases to combat coronavirus spread

HTH: Intermittent inmates will be released while a special master studies the situation

April 2, 2020: Agenda: Mass Release of Criminals Will Make COVID Crisis Feel Real

April 1, 2020: Caldwell: Mass Release of 426 Criminals Will Trigger Crime Wave During Pandemic

March 31, 2020: 426 Criminals may soon be released on to Hawaii Streets

March 26, 2020: Attorney General Uses COVID as Excuse to Do What they Have Been Planning all Along -- Let Lots and Lots of Criminals out of Hawaii Jails

March 26, 2020: Virus Becomes Latest Excuse to Let lots and lots of criminals out onto the streets

March 25, 2020: COVID Solution: Will Supreme Court Order lots and lots of Criminals out onto the Streets?

March 23, 2020: COVID Solution Release Criminals Back on to Street

March 18, 2020: Soft on Crime: Corona Virus Solution is to Let Lots and Lots of Criminals Back out onto Street

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