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Abercrombie Administration Solicits Plans for Seven New Prisons
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 6616 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Rehabilitation of Correctional Facilities Statewide 


RFI No.: PSD 14- COR-35 

November 14, 2013

...chronic overcrowding during the past two decades has required that the Department contract with private out-of-state entities for the housing of prison inmates, and with the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in Honolulu for the housing of convicted jail inmates. In the past year, an average of over 1500 inmates has been housed at the Saguaro Correctional Center (SCC) in Eloy, Arizona. About 300 jail inmates have been housed at FDC in Honolulu. It is the Department’s plan to house all of these inmates in its own facilities as soon as it can develop adequate capacity.

Despite the chronic overcrowding, the Department has not significantly expanded its capacity since 1987, when the Halawa Medium Security Facility was opened. Small additions – some of them temporary – have been made to all of the CCCs. However no significant improvements have been made to the system in approximately fifteen years. As a result, the facilities are in poor repair, poorly designed, and inadequate for the services they are expected to provide.  

The needs of the Department and the cost of delivering corrections services have been the focus of the Executive Branch and the Legislature since the implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) ACT 139 Session Laws of Hawaii 2012 to address overcrowding through more effective programming with the potential to reduce recidivism. However, even when the JRI is fully implemented, the Department estimates that it will need to upgrade/refurbish existing facilities and create additional facility capacity, which would involve replacement in entirety of some of its older facilities.

The State’s continued desire to identify efficient, cost-effective methods to manage its correctional system, as needed to increase public safety and to continue responding to budget challenges justifies the solicitation of information in this Request for Information (RFI) solicitation.


The purpose of this RFI is to assist the State of Hawaii in learning more about potential approaches to designing, building, maintaining and financing for the new or expanded facilities described below. Through this RFI solicitation, the State is also requesting for information on possible cost-efficient methods for the delivery of services in these facilities, including housing, security, programming, maintenance, transportation, meals, and medical services.

The State seeks information concerning the following:

1. Construction of a new KCCC for (+/-) 250 bed space at a different site to accommodate current and projected detention and reentry needs, including Kauai inmates housed at the FDC and SCC. A potential site is lands mauka of Hanamaulu, referred to as Mahalo. Other potential sites will also be considered.  

2. Construction of a new facility in West Hawaii for (+/-) 250 bed space to accommodate current and projected detention and reentry needs of inmates from West Hawaii, including West Hawaii inmates housed at the FDC and SCC. A potential site is on state lands controlled by the Department of Transportation. Other potential sites will also be considered.

3. Construction of a new correctional complex in Hilo for (+/-) 500 bed space to include HCCC (Main facility plus Hale Nani, minus West Hawaii inmates) and a minimum security facility to relocate the KCF, including East Hawaii inmates housed at the FDC and SCC. A potential site is at Field 33, or on State lands close to Field 33. Other potential sites will be considered.

4. Continued development of Maui Regional Public Safety Complex (MRPSC) at Pulenunui for (+/-) 600 bed space to accommodate current and projected detention and reentry needs, including Maui inmates currently housed at the FDC and SCC.  

5. Construction of a new OCCC for (+/-) 1125 bed space at a different site to accommodate current and projected detention needs, including inmates currently housed at the FDC and including facilities to accommodate inmates with mental health, behavioral and/or medical challenges. The replacement facility(s) must enable OCCC to deliver inmates daily to the First Circuit Court in Honolulu in a timely manner.  

6. Construction of a Reentry facility on Oahu for (+/-) 500 bed space to accommodate inmates on work release, select parole violators, and select sentenced probationers. Preferred site must have ready access to commercial/industrial areas.  

7. Construction of a new prison or expansion of the HCF by (+/-) 1200 bed space to accommodate all medium and close custody inmates housed in Arizona, and to relieve persistent overcrowding at HCF. The proposal shall include facilities to accommodate inmates with mental health, behavioral and/or medical challenges.  

Additional Considerations:  

1. If a suitable site(s) can be found, the Department would support the consolidation of detention and prison functions on one site.  

2. The replacement facility(s) for the OCCC must be within a driving distance of no more than 30 minutes from the First Circuit Court in Honolulu. If a proposed replacement is not within 30 minutes of the First Circuit Court, alternative means of delivering programs in a timely manner may be proposed.

3. All Correctional facilities will be operated by the State of Hawaii.  

4. All suggestions provided on alternative means of project financing, such as (but not limited to) public/private partnerships, sale/leaseback arrangements and other innovative financing arrangements, will be considered in subsequent issuance of a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation for the construction and/or expansion of new and existing PSD correctional facilities, Statewide.  

5. Any information collected through this RFI solicitation might be used at a later date to develop specifications for a competitive RFP solicitation for all or only selected incremental portions of the PSD correctional facility requirements, services and programs described....

Interested parties should submit no later than 4:00 p.m. on December 16, 2013....

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