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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE RESOLUTION
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO EXPLORE AND FUND
   ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION FOR NONVIOLENT FEMALE
   OFFENDERS.


 1       WHEREAS, the cost of incarceration for women is especially
 2   harsh since most of the women that are sent to prison are
 3   mothers, and unlike incarcerated males who can count on their
 4   wives to keep the family together, incarcerated women and their
 5   children face a terrible crisis, particularly when a woman is
 6   shipped far from home under the present state policy; and
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 8       WHEREAS, in 1997, Hawaii had the largest proportion of
 9   females in the state prison population (10.2 per cent) while
10   the national average was 6.4 per cent; and
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12       WHEREAS, Hawaii had the third highest increase in the
13   number of women incarcerated between 1996 and 1997: 31.2 per
14   cent compared to a national average of 6.2 per cent; and
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16       WHEREAS, Hawaii has a large proportion of its prison
17   population incarcerated in other states: 12.1 per cent compared
18   to a national average of 0.5 per cent; and
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20       WHEREAS, in view of the cost of incarceration to both the
21   taxpayers and the offender, alternatives to the incarceration
22   of women convicted of nonviolent offenses should be explored
23   and implemented, such as day treatment centers and programs
24   treating mothers and their children; now, therefore,    
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26       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
27   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
28   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Public
29   Safety is urged to explore and fund alternatives to
30   incarceration for nonviolent female offenders; and
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32       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Public Safety
33   is requested to submit a report of its findings and
34   recommendations on alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent
35   female offenders to the Legislature no later than twenty days
36   before the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 2   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Public
 3   Safety.
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