Advocates say they’ve had to take over reentry services for prisoners released because of COVID-19 worries.
Preserving public health and safety will require the temporary release of nonviolent inmates from Hawaiʻi's severely overcrowded facilities.
Housing advocates are calling on Governor David Ige to act now to stop a wave of evictions that will undoubtedly hit once the moratorium is lifted.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi prisons or jails, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported on Thursday. The department also said there has been a substantial decrease in the jail population due to the pandemic.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s comments contradict the CDC and the experience of correctional facilities across the country where coronavirus is spreading rapidly.
The Supreme Court is considering the proposed releases to avoid [...]
Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald instructed some Hawaii judges to identify inmates who can be released in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus.
When we talk about housing in these terms, we talk about housing as if it is an issue devoid of moral content. Rents will keep rising. Tenants who can’t pay will be evicted. So it goes. This is not the only way to talk about housing. Housing is not just a good, exchanged in transactions between producer and consumer. Housing is something more: It is a basic need of every human being.
Landlords dealing with delinquent renters have a clear remedy: the eviction process, designed to return rental properties to landlords as quickly as possible. Tenants have no equivalent remedy or process.
Hawaii Public Radio - "Hawaii has the highest rate of rentership in the nation, with 43% of residents renting the property in which they live. Last year around 1,700 of those renters were evicted by their landlord."