ACLU testimony opposing City Council bills expanding sit/lie bans

“Instead of wasting limited public resources enforcing constitutionally infirm bills—which would likely result in costly lawsuits—without actually reducing the number of unsheltered homeless, the ACLU strongly encourages the City and County of Honolulu to reconsider its proposed approach to homelessness. In particular, to meet its constitutional obligations, the County needs to ensure that sufficient and […]

Ten Questions for Honolulu’s Next Chief of Police

Printable PDF version: 10QsHPDchief 11/28/17 Response from Honolulu Police Commission: HNLPoliceCommissionResponse           5/15/17 VIA CERTIFIED MAIL AND ELECTRONIC MAIL Chair Max J. Sword, Vice Chair Cha Thompson, Commissioner Luella T. Costales, Commissioner Eddie Flores, Jr., Commissioner Steven H. Levinson, Commissioner Loretta Sheehan, Commissioner Mark C. Tilkerc/o Executive Officer Honolulu Police Commission […]

Eight to Watch – April 2017

The 2017 Legislature is well underway. Bills are heading now into conference committee where final amendments and testimony will be deliberated prior to floor votes and (for bills that pass) ultimately the Governor’s desk. While several measures are on our radar, we are taking special effort to urge lawmakers to uphold civil liberties through their […]

Legislative program mid-session report now online

https://acluhi.org/2017-mid-session-report/ As of Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Hawai’i State Legislature reached First Crossover—the deadline for bills to pass Third Reading and move over to the Second House. It is also the last day for a final vote to be taken on a measure in the house of origin. A few of ACLU of Hawaii’s […]

Complaint Seeks Federal Investigation and Intervention Over Unconstitutional Conditions in Hawaii’s Jails and Prisons

Read the complaint: acluhidojcomplaintprisonovercrowding (PDF) Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting a Federal investigation and intervention to force the State of Hawaiʻi to address unconstitutional conditions and overcrowding in its jails and prisons. The ACLU […]