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 […]

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 […]

Body cameras = law enforcement transparency. Let us continue to keep them accountable. Act now!

The ACLU of Hawai‘i needs your help to pass comprehensive statewide police body camera legislation. We’re asking you to submit testimony in support of S.B. 421, S.D. 1, a bill creating detailed and transparent policies regarding the use of police body-worn cameras and public disclosure of footage. Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, […]

2016 Annual Mtg & Bill of Rights Day Celebration 12/8/16

Bill of Rights Day Celebration highlights civil rights & the Presidency, mass incarceration, and police surveillance. The evening of Th.,12/8/16, join us for a free, public event! Following the Annual Membership Meeting, get breaking updates on the work of your local ACLU, and a conversation on key issues facing Hawai‘i and the nation. SAFEGUARDING CIVIL […]