Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Details on Clifford Medina's Death

Clifford Medina, a Hawaiian prisoner serving his sentence in a CCA prison in Arizona, was strangled to death by his cellmate, also a Hawaiian prisoner. Clifford is the second Hawaiian prisoner to be murdered in this facility, the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy Arizona, in the past five months. Hawaii's Department of Public Safety says it will investigate the death and the state's contract(s) to house prisoners on the mainland, which I think is a good idea considering the state spends $61 million per year to incarcerate some of its citizens in private prisons.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous15 June, 2010

    This would not have happened if the facility was accessible by parents and family members. Being so far away and the only communication with family members is via tele-conference destroys the person's willingness to cooperate with facility rules. This enhances behavior problems that offen lead to violence. We need to bring them back to Hawaii or have the state pay for the transportation of family members to Arizona to properly visit those incarcerated which will allow the family to provide advice to be a model prisoner in order to come home soon. We must bring them back to Hawaii and stop contracting out with institutions abroad that are beyond Hawaii's citizens normal travels as inter-island hops. Nuff Said, Uncle Pupule.