Criminal Justice Reform on the Governor’s Desk…

Let’s Not Wait! — from Kat Brady
We can each go to the Governor’s website: 

https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/comments-on-legislation/
We can ask that he allow the 7 bills below to become law.

Our messages should be short, kind, and might go something like this: 

“Aloha, my name is ____ and I am respectfully asking that the Governor sign or enact into law …

Then look at the list below and decide which bill(s) you would want to highlight for him and then choose a talking point or two and respectfully ask him to enact it/them into law.
Mahalo for your consideration, Governor. Have a nice day.

The bills that we want to become law are:
*SB 192 SD1 HD2 CD1 – UNSECURED BAIL                               
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=192&year=2019

  • Reducing the overcrowding of our jails must be a priority
  • Research and data show that people held because they could not make bail are more likely to end up in prison

*SB 1423 HD1 – BAIL; 24/7 PYMT; LAW ENFORCEMENT; PT DEFENDANTS; DETENTION;    
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1423&year=2019

  • Bail is not punishment – it is only to assure someone’s reappearance in court and therefore, should be accessible 24/7!
  • Hawai`i island has implemented this practice that should be available statewide

*HB 336 HD2 SD2 – CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES DEATHS; REPORTING REQUIREMENTS           
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=336&year=2019

  • Correctional facilities are where our loved ones live and work; therefore, they must be accountable, transparent and accessible to the public

*HB 748 HD2 SD2 – ATTORNEY GENERAL; PENAL CODE; FORFEITURE; CIVIL ASSETS   
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=748&year=2019

  • This long-overdue bill reforms Hawai`i’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law that has been slammed by the Institute of Justice and the Hawai`i Auditor
  • No forfeitures unless there is a conviction!

*HB 629 SD2 – CORR; MED RELEASE PGM; COMPASSIONATE RELEASE; MED ASSIST   
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=629&year=2019

  • It is important that compassionate/medical release be put in statute to avoid discrimination
  • Standardizes the criteria and sets timeline

*HB 1552  HD2 SD2 CD1- CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM OVERSIGHT COMM; COORDINATOR 
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1552&year=2019

  • Independent Oversight is as crucial for corrections as it is for hospitals and schools
  • Public accountability is crucial regarding the expenditure of taxpayer money

*HB 903 HD1 SD1 CD1- HARDSHIP PGM; DRIVER’S LIC; MOT VEH REG & TITL      
https://www.capitol.hCD1awaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=903&year=2019

  • Hawai`i’s Constitution Article 1.19 “Imprisonment for debt – There shall be no imprisonment for debt.”  [Ren Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978]
  • With so many families struggling to survive, Hawai`i needs to develop alternative sanctions and remedies

Let’s not wait…    WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?(From Kat Brady)