ACLU OF HAWAI‘I AND CIVIL RIGHTS LAW FIRM SEND LETTER DEMANDING HAWAI‘I COUNTY IMMEDIATELY STOP SWEEPS OF HOUSELESS ENCAMPMENTS

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: On April 30, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“the ACLU of Hawai‘i”) and the civil rights law firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho (“GBDH”) sent a letter to County of Hawaiʻi (“County”) officials demanding that the County immediately cease conducting sweeps of houseless encampments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter focuses […]

Smart Justice hosts virtual talk story and pau hana events

For the past few weeks, you’ve seen our public officials play a dangerous game by stoking fear of hardened criminals taking over Hawai‘i if the state and counties were to compassionately release people to their homes and ‘ohana during the COVID-19 crisis.  But little focus has been said — or heard from the people who are most vulnerable to […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I SHARES OPEN LETTER SIGNED BY 136 ADVOCATES AND IMPACTED PEOPLE URGING OFFICALS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT INCARCERATED POPULATION

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”) and ‘Ekolu Mea Nui released an open letter to public officials asking them to take immediate action to better protect incarcerated people and staff and address a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Hawai‘i jails and prisons. The letter was signed by 136 members of the public […]

ACLU OF HAWAI‘I SHARES RECORDING OF 4/7 WEBINAR ON INCARCERATION DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Following up on the press release sent out on 4/7/2020, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”) is sharing a recording of yesterday’s free webinar, which featured public health experts and ACLU of Hawai‘i staff members discussing over-incarceration, racial and socioeconimc inequities affecting health disparities, mental health and civil rights in the […]

PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS URGE COURT TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS OVERCROWDING IN HAWAI‘I JAILS AND PRISONS NOW DURING COVID CRISIS

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (“ACLU of Hawai‘i”), coalition partners and public health experts are urging the Hawai‘i Supreme Court to heed public health advice about the risk of catastrophic spread of COVID-19 and immediately address the dangerous overcrowding in Hawai‘i jails and prisons. The ACLU of Hawai‘i held a free […]