THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            100
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                S.D.1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     SENATE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
URGING THE CORRECTIONS POPULATION MANAGEMENT COMMISSION 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 Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
27   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
28   Representatives concurring, that the Corrections Population
29   Management Commission is urged to explore and fund alternatives
30   to incarceration for nonviolent female offenders; and
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32       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Corrections Population
33   Management Commission is requested to submit a report of its
34   findings and recommendations on alternatives to incarceration
35   for nonviolent female offenders to the Legislature no later
36   than twenty days before the convening of the Regular Session of
37   2000; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 2   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to a representative of the
 3   Corrections Population Management Commission.