Monday, May 7, 2018 from Kat Brady

I will be writing more about the legislative session; however, I need more time to gain some perspective. It was a difficult session right up to the last day. Today I am happy to share this really cool power point on mass incarceration from J20’s Free School Committee.

            Next, we have a piece from In The Public Interest on CCA/CorpseCivic’s First Quarter 2018 results and earnings call. Here’s the link to the transcript of the call:

            Lastly, a link and excerpt to an article by Pat Nolan, Republican prison reformer.


J20’s Free School Committee prepared this online course. It’s public for anyone.  Credit goes to Nicholas Chagnon, Colleen Rost-Banik, Dan McGorry and Rachael Siciliano (check at the end for complete list).  Share it as you wish, especially with students and agency people and you know, us typical people.


National: The private, for-profit prison company CoreCivic has released its First Quarter 2018 results and held an earnings call.  CEO Damon Hininger reported that its higher profits were “principally due to increasing utilization trends across our portfolio for United States Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities.” He said the “market” for profitable incarceration is the best it’s been “since before the recession of 2008.” CoreCivic is responding to RFPs in Idaho and Puerto Rico and is pursuing leasing opportunities in Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. He also said Vermont is in “active procurement.”
More prison and jail ‘public-private partnerships’ are on the horizon, according to Hininger. He estimates the need for national prison infrastructure upgrades is worth between $15 and $20 billion and pointed to CoreCivic’s new facility development project in Lansing, Kansas, following the development and 20-year lease agreement it was awarded in January.

“We believe public-private partnerships similar to what we just entered into with Kansas are the key to solving this national infrastructure challenge,” Hininger said. “In fact, we are in active discussions with numerous states as well as local governments, who are seeking and looking at similar public-private partnership solutions for their criminal justice infrastructure needs. Some interactions only began after the award announcement out of Kansas, primarily because there was skepticism in the market that this type of solution could be reached due to multiple past failures by other jurisdictions and service providers. We believe at least one of these jurisdictions could issue a formal procurement for a large-scale criminal justice infrastructure replacement project this year.”

Keep these shysters out of Hawai`i – we already have a broken correctional system – we don’t need their “help”.


Improving Criminal Justice ‘Benefits All of Us’

A corrections reform pioneer and former lawmaker on why he’s heartened by recent state progress

An interview with Pat Nolan*  

*Pat Nolan is a leading voice in the national criminal justice reform movement. The former Republican member of the California State Assembly served 29 months in federal custody for racketeering during the 1990s, and after his release, he got involved in efforts to make sentencing and corrections policies more effective. He directs the Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the American Conservative Union Foundation and is an active member of Right on Crime, an alliance of conservatives that advocates for changes to the criminal justice system.

Here’s an interesting excerpt to whet your appetite:

When I left prison in 1996, former Nixon counsel and Watergate figure Chuck Colson asked me to come to Washington and run Justice Fellowship, and I’ve worked on criminal justice reform ever since. Chuck began his reform efforts in 1985, and he was the first conservative to say, “Hey, there’s a better way to do this.” It was lonely for him, but in the years since, many conservative leaders have come to the same conclusion that prisons, like all government agencies, have become large and bureaucratic, and are serving their own interests rather than the public.

Chuck once said that only a nation that is rich and stupid would continue to spend billions on a system that leaves offenders’ behavior unchanged, victims’ needs unmet, and communities living in fear of crime. That opinion pretty well sums up the thinking of most conservatives today. A straw poll at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference found that 92 percent of the attendees agreed that the criminal justice system was broken and that conservatives should lead the efforts to fix it. Sixty-six percent of them strongly agreed.

Now if we can only find REAL DEMOCRATS in Hawai`i to SUPPORT REAL REFORM we will make some progress! Incremental “reform” is what they like – one step forward; two steps back.


I will end with this great quote from the J20 powerpoint:

The US did not face a crime problem that was racialized;

it faced a race problem that was criminalized.

Naomi Murakawa

Have a great day and mahalo nui for caring about all of Hawai`i’s people!

Love, Kat