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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Hawaii Incarceration Rate Drops 19% due to Steven Alm probation reform
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 1084 Views :: Honolulu County, Justice Reinvestment

...First Circuit Judge Steven Alm’s probation reform pilot program, Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), which launched in 2004 to reduce recidivism and probation violations....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
ACLU Plan for Hawaii: Massive COVID-Infested Homeless Tent Cities Everywhere -- with no sweeps
By Andrew Walden @ 6:18 PM :: 1207 Views :: Homelessness, Justice Reinvestment, COVID-19

...At 11am today, the Hawaii Supreme Court is hearing a motion from the State Public Defender’s office using COVD as an excuse to order another mass release of criminals from Hawaii’s prisons and jails....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Trump, Schatz Team up to Release Thousands of Criminals
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2855 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...Schatz doesn't want poor innocent criminals to die in prison....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
ACLU: Financially Successful Criminals Can Make Bail
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 3899 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...ACLU wants lots of unconvicted criminals back out on the streets....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Another Day in the Nei: Three Inmates Charged with Escape
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 3458 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...Escape in the Second Degree is a class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Rehabilitation: Jury Rules in Favor of Kauai Warden
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 5031 Views :: Kauai County, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Attorney General Doug Chin said, “The jury verdict exonerates Warden Wagatsuma...."

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Saturday, November 12, 2016
HOPE Probation: Is Swift, Certain, and Fair an Effective Supervision Strategy?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 3063 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

They found no real difference in outcomes....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Study: Hawaii Ex-Con Recidivism 48.9%
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 4396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Justice Reinvestment

This study is comprised of 2,464 offenders from the Fiscal Year 2012 cohort....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
HOPE Probation: Confronting America’s Drug-Overdose Epidemic
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 PM :: 4851 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement, Drugs

To illustrate how the carrot-and-stick approach can work, Satel describes the success of Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program....

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Academics Defend HOPE Probation
By Selected News Articles @ 2:39 PM :: 3940 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

Swift-certain-fair (SCF) sanctioning improves on conventional practice....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Hawaii Prison Population Drops 5%
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 4081 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Justice Reinvestment

Hawaii, Idaho and Kentucky each imprisoned 5 percent fewer sentenced prisoners at yearend 2013 than at yearend 2012....

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Saturday, September 6, 2014
Is HOPE Probation Creating a False Sense of Hope?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:05 PM :: 4620 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

Every few years, an intervention bursts upon the scene, is heralded as having special crime-reducing powers, and is enthusiastically implemented....

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Study: Hawaii 'Ban the Box' Law Reduces Crime
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 6417 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Justice Reinvestment, Labor, Law Enforcement

Statistics show that without income from a paying job an ex-offender often will return to criminal activity....

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
HOPE Probation: Judge Steven Alm Speaks at Heritage Foundation Event
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:03 PM :: 4038 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

State officials in South Dakota and Hawaii have found a creative way to address alcohol use, drug use, and crime....

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Monday, July 28, 2014
Replicating HOPE: Can Others Do It As Well As Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 AM :: 3459 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

The lead researcher in NIJ's HOPE evaluation discusses efforts to duplicate the swift-and-certain sanctions model on the mainland....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Heritage Foundation Backs Sentencing Reform Merging ‘Compassion and Common Sense’
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 AM :: 3916 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

...bipartisan support for relieving prison overcrowding by reducing sentences for non-violent crimes and putting the savings into community programs....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii: More Mentally Ill in Jails than in State Hospital
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 5773 Views :: Health Care, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

The two largest correctional facilities, in Honolulu and Waipahu, both hold more seriously mentally ill individuals than are held at Hawaii State Hospital....

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
By NCPA @ 3:15 PM :: 3449 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

These types of offenses include truancy, running away from home, incorrigibility, curfew violations, and alcohol and tobacco consumption....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Heritage Foundation: Program offers HOPE for repeat drug offenders
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:50 PM :: 3900 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

In 2004, Judge Steven Alm had a Howard Beale moment in his Honolulu courtroom....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Heritage Foundation: Hawaii HOPE Probation Potentially Worthwhile
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:51 PM :: 3589 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
The federal and state governments should look to this program as a potentially valuable criminal justice reform....
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Justice Reinvestment: Hawaii Reduces Prison Population by 4%, Increases Costs by $900K
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 3722 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

After the first year of implementation, the state reduced its corrections population 4 percent, averted $2.5 million in costs, and allocated $3.4 million into its reinvestment strategies....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Roosevelt HS Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By News Release @ 12:41 PM :: 8247 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Justice Reinvestment

...the suspect's mother describes the revolving door of mental health facilities and half-way houses through which her son has passed in the last year....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Cachola: Revitalize Kalihi by Moving OCCC
By Selected News Articles @ 7:50 PM :: 4554 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie indicated that his administration issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the rehabilitation of correctional facilities statewide....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Juvenile Justice Working Group Report
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 4661 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...the policy recommendations are projected to accelerate current trends, reducing the HYCF average daily population by 60 percent by 2019....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
DPS Names Ruth Coller Forbes New Kulani Warden
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4572 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Ruth has been with the Department of Public Safety since June 1995....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Lawsuit: Halawa Guard Organized Vicious USO Family Gang Assault
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 AM :: 8414 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

On February 17, 2013, Plaintiff Lealao was in Module 2B Quad 3 at HCF when he was viciously attacked by numerous violent and/or dangerous inmates from another Quad....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Assaults at Hawaii hospital for criminally insane prompts Senate investigation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:17 PM :: 5044 Views :: Health Care, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Assaults on workers at the Hawaii State Hospital are all too common, and taxpayers are picking up the tab for the cost of treatment and workers compensation....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Locked Up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfer and the Private Prison Industry
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 4957 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

...four states - California, Idaho, Vermont, and Hawai'i - collectively ship 10,500  prisoners to for-profit prisons outside their home states.  West Virginia is developing a plan to do the same....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Abercrombie Administration Solicits Plans for Seven New Prisons
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 4614 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...designing, building, maintaining and financing for the new or expanded facilities described below....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Hawaii Scores 'C' for Jail Diversion of Mentally Ill
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 6630 Views :: Health Care, Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

Fewer than half the U.S. population lives in communities where the most basic methods of diverting people with severe mental illness from the criminal justice system are being used....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Navy Yard Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 6211 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

Approximately half of mass shootings are caused by individuals with untreated severe mental illness....

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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Mental Health: Can Reform Solve Hawaii’s Homeless, Prison and Unfunded Liability Problems?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 14032 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Justice Reinvestment
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Abercrombie: Too Expensive to Put Juvenile Offenders in Custody
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 3773 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

A new bipartisan, inter-branch working group will analyze the state’s juvenile justice system and develop data-driven policy recommendations for the 2014 Legislature....

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Monday, May 13, 2013
DoJ Recognizes Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Director
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 4968 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Attorney General Eric Holder presented the award to Ferguson-Brey during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards ceremony....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Harvard: HOPE Probation Among Top 25 Innovations in Government
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 3456 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

“These Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government performance.”

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
US Attorney General to Honor Hawaii Victims Rights Advocate
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 3754 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
...Holder will present Pamela Joyce Ferguson-Brey with an award during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 24....
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Lemonade From Cuts to State Prison Spending
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 4060 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
Seventeen states managed to reduce recidivism and improve public safety while cutting correction costs, a report from a federal and state partnership revealed Friday....
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Governor Appoints Annelle Amaral to Hawaii Paroling Authority
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 6790 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

The interim appointment fills a new seat in compliance with Act 139 of the 2012 Legislature, which increased Hawaii Paroling Authority members from three to five.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
FULL TEXT: Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force Report
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 5571 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, OHA

The nine-member Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force today presented its findings and recommendations to the Hawaiʻi Legislature....

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Probation Fees: Will Justice Reinvestment become a Revenue Center for the Judiciary, PSD, and Police?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 PM :: 6535 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
...today's New York Times which points out how probation--the key element of Hawaii's Justice Reinvestment initiative--is becoming a revenue center for courts, police, jails, and private companies....
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Justice Reinvestment: Abercrombie Signs Bills as Part of Plan to Release Hundreds of Criminals from Prison
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 6301 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
The bills are based on recommendations of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a data-driven approach Hawai'i is using to reduce corrections spending....
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Legislators Voting to Release 1,100 Criminals on Streets of Hawaii
By Rep Barbara Marumoto @ 9:08 PM :: 5860 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

 This "early release bill" amends current state law in a manner that can affect neighborhood security. With 1100 inmates released in the first 3 years of the program, there will be some recidivism, some crimes and many victims....

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Judge Steven Alm: Justice Reinvestment and the future of HOPE Probation
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 PM :: 12204 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement, Drugs
First Circuit Court (Honolulu) Judge Steven Alm is the originator of HOPE Probation, an innovative probation system being adopted by numerous states across the country. HOPE probation is credited with sharply reducing the number of new crimes committed by probationers....
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