BAIL BILLS A START BUT MORE WORK NEEDED

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i (ACLU) reviewed the final versions of HB 1552 and SB 192 – bills establishing a Hawai‘i Correctional Oversight Commission; a criminal justice institute to gather data on the Hawai‘i corrections system; and making some adjustments to how bail is handled in Hawai‘i. For years the ACLU has pushed for meaningful reform of our […]

EIGHT KEY QUESTIONS FOR HAWAII’S NEXT DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Read ACLU of Hawai’s 4/3/19 testimony: as ACLU Comments on GM543 4.4.19 The ACLU of Hawai‘i (ACLU) today submitted comments to the committee considering the nomination of Nolan Espinda to a second term running the Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety (PSD). A non partisan, non profit organization, the ACLU takes no position on the Espinda […]

OpEd: Win or lose, Hawaii keeps fighting for rights

This opinion piece was published 1/20/19 in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/01/20/editorial/insight/win-or-lose-hawaii-keeps-fighting-for-rights/ By Marianita Lopez, Board President As Hawai‘i marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s remember that it’s more than just a day off. Let’s think about how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in realizing his dream. Hawai‘i […]

CIVIL RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES DISAPPOINTED BY CITY’S CONTINUED MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT “SWEEPS” OF HOUSELESS FAMILIES

Groups and individuals representing a broad range of interests and constituencies today released a statement expressing disappointment in the continued “sweeps” of the houseless community – many of whom are families – by the City and County of Honolulu. The statement is as follows: At 3:00 am on New Year’s Eve the City and County […]

CITY OF HONOLULU REFUSES CALL TO CANCEL CHRISTMAS EVE SWEEPS

The property seizure action is planned for 3:00 a.m. 12/24/18 in Waikiki The ACLU of Hawai‘i reached out to the office of the Mayor this weekend, urging the City to reconsider and cancel its planned “sweep” of Waikiki’s houseless community this Christmas Eve. As of 1:30 p.m. today, the City has refused. The ACLU and […]