ACLU of Hawai‘i Report Shows Current Bail Practices Prioritize Wealth Of The Accused Over Risk To The Community

Honolulu, Hawai‘i: the ACLU of Hawai‘i (“ACLU”) has released a study showing that almost half of the people in Hawai‘i jails are pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted of the crimes for which they’ve been accused. This preliminary report, called “As Much Justice As You Can Afford – Hawaiiʻs Accused Face an Unequal Bail […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free, public Maui meetup Th., 1/19/17

Join ACLU Hawai‘i for a civil rights discussion on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Ka Lama 103. Hosted by the ACLU of Hawai‘i, the UHMC Human Services Department, and Maui Peace Action. Light refreshments, ADA-accessible. Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs help us plan:, or […]