On Monday, March 11, the Maui Police Department was called to assist Maui Community Correctional Center in quelling a “disturbance” caused by inmates who refused to follow directives to return to their cells, and instead started a fire. According to a statement released by the Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety, 42 inmates refused to follow the order, while 52 complied. The … [Read more...] about Is Maui Community Correctional Center Reaching its Breaking Point?
MISTAKEN IDENTITY Around 4:30am on March 22, High Point, North Carolina, 911 dispatchers received a surprising call from a man informing them he had broken into a business. “Yes, this is Jesus Christ, and I just broke into the Pizza Hut,” claimed 46-year-old Richard Lee Quintero of Greensboro, according to WFMY TV. “Jesus is here, he’s back to Earth. I just broke in and had a … [Read more...] about NOTW: Owl errors, the worst driving test fail ever and that time Jesus broke into a Pizza Hut
[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
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?
The United States of America is, more than ever, a prison state. Looking at some numbers just crunched by the nonprofit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative, it's hard to deny that America has turned incarceration into more than a mere industry–it's become a pillar of our society. "The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state … [Read more...] about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard supports two criminal justice reform bills