HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.243           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION

HONORING AND COMMENDING THE HAWAII PAROLING AUTHORITY AND KEITH
   M. KANESHIRO FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO PUBLIC
   SAFETY IN THE STATE OF HAWAII 


 1       WHEREAS, crime has become a serious problem in our Aloha
 2   State, rising to a peak in 1996, and the need to protect our
 3   citizens, as well as tourists, from being victims of criminal
 4   acts is of vital importance to the health of our state; and
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 6       WHEREAS, the safety and protection of Hawaii's people lies
 7   in the need to enforce laws and make criminals pay for the
 8   consequences of their actions; and
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10       WHEREAS, since being appointed Chairman of the Hawaii
11   Paroling Authority in 1997, ALFRED K. BEAVER, SR., along with
12   members LANI RAE GARCIA and MARY JUANITA TIWANAK, have had a
13   positive impact on the well-being of Hawaii's people by their
14   use of appropriate minimum prison terms for criminals; and
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16       WHEREAS, over the past two years these three members of the
17   paroling authority have also shown their concern for sex and
18   drug offenders by enforcing the requirement that these inmates
19   undergo rehabilitation programs, and by quickly returning to
20   prison those who fail to abide by their conditions of parole;
21   and
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23       WHEREAS, in his term as Director of Public Safety beginning
24   in 1997, KEITH M. KANESHIRO worked vigorously and nonstop to
25   assure that criminals would serve their time by finding the
26   proper prison space for inmates, including on the mainland when
27   necessary; and
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29       WHEREAS, determined to protect Hawaii's visitors and
30   citizens to the best of his ability, KEITH M. KANESHIRO
31   cancelled early release programs that sent criminals back into
32   society before their sentences were over, and instead found new
33   prison space; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, in their commitment to justice, ALFRED K. BEAVER,
 2   SR., LANI RAE GARCIA, MARY JUANITA TIWANAK, and KEITH M.
 3   KANESHIRO have worked to ensure that Hawaii's people are
 4   protected, and, as a result, the crime rate in our state has
 5   dropped 32 percent over the past three years and our streets
 6   and Hawaii's people are safer; now, therefore,
 7   
 8       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 9   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
10   of 1999, that this legislature hereby honors and commends
11   ALFRED K. BEAVER, SR., LANI RAE GARCIA, MARY JUANITA TIWANAK,
12   and KEITH M. KANESHIRO for their outstanding contributions to
13   the public safety of the visitors and citizens of Hawaii, and
14   extends to them its warmest Aloha and best wishes for continued
15   success in all future endeavors; and
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17       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
18   Resolution be transmitted to ALFRED K. BEAVER. SR., LANI RAE
19   GARCIA, MARY JUANITA TIWANAK, and KEITH M. KANESHIRO.
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