22 May Criminal Justice Reform on the Governor’s Desk…
Let’s Not Wait! — from Kat Brady
We can each go to the Governor’s website:
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
- 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;
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)