Hawai'i To Initiate Justice Reinvestment In Public Safety

Plan Aims to Reduce Corrections Costs

HONOLULU — In an effort to improve Hawai’i’s prisons and criminal justice system, Governor Neil Abercrombie announced today a collaborative effort called “justice reinvestment” to reduce the number of prisoners being sent out of state, lower recidivism and prevent crime.

The initiative is a partnership between the state, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the Pew Center on the States and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  The state’s Justice Reinvestment Working Group is comprised of state agency heads, legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors and police chiefs. The group includes Governor Abercrombie, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Senate President Shan Tsutsui and Director of Public Safety Jodie Maesaka-Hirata.

“We are committed to bringing Hawai’i’s prisoners home, and this partnership will help us develop a comprehensive, multi-faceted plan to see that this happens,” said Governor Abercrombie. “Justice Reinvestment will help us identify where our dollars are best spent on treatment needs that will reduce the likelihood of inmates offending again once they’re released.”

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