[NOTE: This story has been updated to include information on why work to replace some of the prison's broken emergency exit doors, which was to have happened by Mar. 30 of this year, still hasn't taken place.] Everyone in Hawaii who even glances at the news knows that Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) is a powder keg. It’s been overcrowded for many years, and right … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Inmate frustrations boil over at Maui Community Correctional Center
It’s been a helluva year, and that’s not a good thing. For the United States, the watchwords for 2017 have been violence and hatred–against women, African-Americans, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and basically everyone who isn’t a straight white male. You don’t have to be a master at reading the room to know that greed and ignorance are triumphing over notions of cooperation … [Read more...] about 2017 MauiTime Year In Review
Daisy Kasitati, an inmate at Maui Community Correctional Center, died in her cell yesterday afternoon, Hawaii Public Safety officials confirmed today. As to how Kasitati died, officials would only say that "Her official cause of death is pending," though foul play has already been ruled out. Here's the full statement on the death from Hawaii Department of Public Safety … [Read more...] about Hawaii Public Safety officials confirm inmate death at Maui Community Correctional Center
Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC)'s fire control system has been a mess for at least the past two years, documents obtained by MauiTime show, and it won't be fully modernized for at least another year. In fact, correspondence between the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) shows that state officials have known … [Read more...] about Maui Community Correctional Center’s fire control system has been a mess for two years
Recently, I went into the Maui Community Correctional Center. I was there to meet with the Warden and another official to talk with them about the problems facing MCCC that are becoming increasingly critical, namely the vast overcrowding that is plaguing all jails and prisons in Hawaii. I entered through the guard house, under the high fence topped with razor wire, where I … [Read more...] about What will we do about the ‘egregious overcrowding’ at Maui Community Correctional Center?