Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Better Late Than Never
In the past, I praised Hawaii's governor for proclaiming that he would return all his state's prisoners to the island, taking them out of private prison facilities on the mainland US where they have been repeatedly abused and violated. I then panned him for seemingly going back on his word when he said the state wouldn't actually be able to do that. So, in fairness, I again have to give him some credit, because the state has been working with a group of experts to come up with a comprehensive plan to reform the state's criminal justice system. The plan, which is expected to save the state $150 million over the next five years, includes removing prisoners from private prisons and returning them to Hawaii.