Column: Hawaii’s asset-forfeiture reforms go long way to restore public trust in police

Originally published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, 5/5/19 By Mandy Fernandes and Carl Bergquist Hawaii’s Legislature has passed House Bill 748, a bill to reform the civil asset forfeiture program, and Gov. David Ige should sign it. Originally designed in the 1970s by the federal government to seize property from organized crime and cartels, asset […]

BILL TO REFORM “POLICING FOR PROFIT” DESERVING OF GOVERNOR IGE’S SIGNATURE

HONOLULU, HI – The Hawai‘i State Legislature has sent HB748 HD2 SD2 — a bill that would significantly reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture program — to Governor Ige for his signature. The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai’i (ACLU of Hawai‘i) and Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i (DPFH), both of which  supported HB748, have […]

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 […]

ACLU HAWAI‘I BOARD ELECTION CONCLUDES, NEW LEADERS EMERGE AMID FOND ALOHAS

The ACLU of Hawai‘i (ACLU) has announced new members for its Board of Directors. Recently added to the board are Maui based immigration attorney Kevin Block, community activist, attorney, and politician Kim Coco Iwamoto, social worker Stacia Ohira, and attorney Kristen Briane Kananiu‘ilani “Kanani” Souza. At the same time, the ACLU of Hawai‘i bids farewell […]

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 […]