Documents obtained by MauiTime show that on Jun. 27 Maui Community Correctional Center and the Department of Public Safety were fined for two items deemed “serious” by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The fines totaled $16,300, but according to DPS spokesperson Toni Schwartz, “the penalties were mitigated to $8,150.” The citation regarded the fire control … [Read more...] about Maui Community Correctional Center pays for ‘serious’ violations
[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
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
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?