Office of Hawaiian Affairs Briefs Department of Justice

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Press Release

By Lloyd Yonenaka

RELEASE DATE:  DECEMBER 17, 2010

Washington, DC–Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA) Chief Executive Officer Clyde Nämu’o met today with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) to discuss findings of the recent OHA study The Disparate Treatment of Native Hawaiians in the Criminal Justice System. The meeting was requested by the CCDO to learn more about OHA’s work with Native Hawaiians.

Nämu‘o was joined by Amanda Peterutti of the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) to discuss the disparate treatment study, in which JPI was a major research partner. The report, which was released on September 28 of this year, shows that the criminal justice system incarcerates and unfairly treats Native Hawaiians at a disproportionate rate.

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Media Contact:  
Lloyd Yonenaka

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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