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Maui’s Jail: Overcrowded and Deteriorating

Dec 21, 2015
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Pixabay Commons

Maui is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. But it’s not only the streets or the beaches that are getting crowded, it’s also the jail.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Overcrowding continues to plague Maui's only jail.  The warden of Maui Community Correctional Center gave media a tour of the facility last week. He said that the Kahului center is more than 150 inmates over capacity.  What's worse, there's no space to expand, and efforts to build another jail on Maui appear to have stalled.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

All this week we’ve been returning to stories we’ve covered in the past, it’s part of our series “Following Up.” Yesterday we brought you the story of two women and what life has been like for them after prison. Their experiences behind bars sparked a passion to help ease the transition for other women. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with them recently and has this report.

TEDxHonolulu
TEDxHonolulu

All this week, Hawai‘i Public Radio is revisiting stories we’ve covered in the past to bring you up to date with the latest developments. It’s a series we call “Following Up.” Today we return to a story of two formerly incarcerated women who are struggling to adjust to life on the outside.

Knowing your way around the kitchen may not seem like an obvious pathway out of prison. But at the Women’s Community Correctional Center on O‘ahu, a culinary program aims to provide inmates with job skills that will hopefully keep them from returning behind bars. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety

State lawmakers are considering a handful of bills aimed at reforming Hawai‘i’s prison system. One would create and fund a pilot program that would hire part time workers to make sure weekend visitation days are fully staffed. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Flickr / vividcorvid

Last weekend the doors at Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi remained closed, leaving prisoners unable to see their family and friends. It’s just the latest episode in an ongoing problem that’s plagued Hawaii facilities for years. Officials say there are too few corrections officers to oversee the visiting areas. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more. 

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   The yoga studio industry has been one of the fastest growing  in the U.S. for the past eight years, worth nearly 7 billion dollars in 2013.  Growth is expected to continue in 2014, with men and boomers joining the trend.  Here, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on one woman who has spent twenty years changing lives with yoga classes in an unexpected location.

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Flickr / vividcorvid

Women from the state’s only female prison don’t often get the chance to tell their story. But today, four formerly incarcerated women are gathering on campus at University of Hawaii at Mānoa to do just that. It’s a project called Voices from the Inside. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with some of the women involved and has this report.

Voices from the Inside takes place today from 12:30 - 1:30 pm at UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law in Classroom 2.

State of Hawaii
State of Hawaii

 

  It's been more than four years since Hawaii Island's Kulani Prison closed, in an effort to cut government spending.  The facility will reopen next summer--and the new warden is already on the job.  From Hawaii County, Sherry Bracken reports.

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CTAHR

New farming techniques are popping up all over Hawaii. And some of them are in places not even close to traditional farmlands. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on a program at a local penitentiary that’s growing food behind prison walls.