TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that:
(1) Hawaii's pre-trial process is one of the longest in the nation. The pre-trial assessment process takes much longer in Hawaii (several months on average, whereas it takes just days or a few weeks in other jurisdictions) and budget cuts have caused these already long processes to be delayed even further. The result has been millions of dollars spent needlessly on a growing pre-trial population;
(2) Inmate assessments are not currently being used appropriately to put the right people in the right programs, based on the research. As a result, offenders who are most likely to be successful upon release have been spending longer periods incarcerated because they are unable to get into the rehabilitation and reintegration programs;
(3) Hawaii often releases people who are most likely to reoffend back to the communities without the necessary supervision or monitoring. Parolees lacking supervision also lack accountability for their actions; and
(4) Restitution for victims is inadequate.
In June 2011, the governor, chief justice, senate president, house speaker, and director of public safety joined together to begin developing a data-driven justice reinvestment strategy to bring out-of-state prisoners back to Hawaii, reduce spending on corrections, and reinvest savings generated in strategies that would reduce recidivism and crime, and increase public safety. To this end, the State sought assistance from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a division of the United States Department of Justice, and the Pew Center on the States. The state leaders established a bipartisan, inter-branch justice reinvestment working group comprising leading state and local officials to receive intensive technical assistance from the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The Council of State Governments Justice Center assisted the working group in analyzing data from every aspect of Hawaii's criminal justice and corrections systems.
Overall, the analysis found that crime and victimization rates have declined, as have arrests and felony convictions for violent and property crime. However, the population under probation supervision and incarcerated has not declined, and in some cases has increased. From July 1, 1999, to June 30, 2011, the State's prison and jail population grew eighteen per cent, from 5,118 to 6,043. During the same period, expenditures for the corrections division of the department of public safety increased seventy per cent, from $112,000,000 to $190,000,000. Approximately one-third of Hawaii's prison population is housed in out-of-state facilities on the mainland. The cost of housing these offenders out-of-state was $45,000,000 from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.
According to information provided by the Justice Center, this Act could gradually reduce the current prison and jail population and generate savings of approximately 500 beds and $9,000,000 by the end of fiscal year 2013, 850 beds and $19,000,000 in fiscal year 2014, 1050 beds and $26,000,000 in fiscal year 2015, 1150 beds and $30,000,000 in fiscal year 2016, 1,200 beds and $32,000,000 in fiscal year 2017, and 1,200 beds and $32,000,000 in fiscal year 2018. These savings will require initial and continued reinvestment in expanding and strengthening victim services, notification, and restitution collection; reentry and community-based treatment programs for pre-trial, probation, and parole populations; pre-trial and risk assessments; probation and parole officers; and research and planning staff at the department of public safety.
It is anticipated that savings would be applied to increase funding for pre-trial services, probation and parole supervision, inmate assessments and diagnostic services, research and planning, community-based treatment programs, additional parole officers, additional Hawaii paroling authority members, victim notification of release of inmates, victim safety, and parolee supervision.
The intent of this Act is to address these areas for improvement, in order to reduce costly inefficiencies, hold offenders more accountable, and reinvest savings in more effective public safety strategies. This Act establishes a statutory structure to improve the criminal justice system, but the impact of this Act will rely on the department of public safety, the Hawaii paroling authority, and adult probation services to effectively implement changes to policy and practice based on this Act's intent. Cost savings should be reinvested back into the corrections system to reduce recidivism, decrease the prison population, and strengthen public safety.
The purpose of this Act is to enhance public safety by:
(1) Addressing the inefficiencies that tie up resources in ways that do not reduce crime and reinvesting in ways that do;
(2) Focusing resources on supervision, incarceration, and treatment of those individuals who are most likely to benefit from those investments in terms of reducing their likelihood of committing another crime; and
(3) Increasing accountability in Hawaii's criminal justice system by mandating a period of supervision and increasing the amount of victim restitution collected.
SECTION 2. The pre-trial population has increased due to longer lengths of stay. The purpose of this part is to provide the court with a more timely assessment of a person's risk to reoffend or likelihood of not appearing for court. Under this part, an objective assessment is required to be conducted within the first three working days of a person's commitment to a community correctional center in order to allow the courts to more quickly determine who is appropriate for release on their own recognizance, to supervision, or to release on bail.
SECTION 3. Section 353-10, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§353-10 Reentry intake service centers. There shall be within the department of public safety, a reentry intake service center for adults in each of the counties, to screen, evaluate, and classify the admission of persons to community correctional centers and to provide for the successful reentry of persons back into the community. Each center shall be directed and managed by a manager and shall be staffed by a team of psychiatrists, social workers, technicians, and other personnel as may be necessary. The director of public safety may appoint full-time or part-time professional and clerical staff or contract for professional services to carry out the duties of the centers as identified in this section.
The centers shall:
(1) Provide orientation, guidance, and technical services;
(2) Provide social-medical-psychiatric-psychological diagnostic evaluation;
(3) Provide pretrial risk assessments on adult
offenders for the courts [
and assist in the conduct of presentence
assessments on adult offenders and the preparation of presentence reports when
requested by the courts;] within three working days of admission to a community
correctional center. This paragraph shall not apply to persons with local,
state, or federal detainers or holds, persons detained without bail, persons
detained for probation violation, persons facing revocation of bail or
supervised release, and persons who have had a pretrial risk assessment
completed prior to admission to a community correctional center. For purposes
of this paragraph, "pretrial risk assessment" means an objective,
research based, validated assessment tool that measures a defendant's risk of
flight and risk of anticipated criminal conduct while on pretrial release
(4) Assist in the conduct of presentence assessments on adult offenders and the preparation of presentence reports when requested by the courts;
(4)] (5) Provide correctional
prescription program planning and security classification;
(5)] (6) Provide such other personal
and correctional services as needed for both detained and committed persons;
(6)] (7) Monitor and record the
progress of persons assigned to correctional facilities who undergo further
treatment or who participate in prescribed correctional programs;
(7)] (8) Ensure that the present and
future reentry needs of persons committed to correctional facilities are being
evaluated and met in an effective and appropriate manner;
(8)] (9) Provide additional reentry
services to include working closely and collaborating with the furlough
programs in each county that are currently managed by the department's
(9)] (10) Work closely and collaborate
with the Hawaii paroling authority; and
(10)] (11) Work closely and collaborate
with the corrections program services division."
SECTION 4. The legislature finds that the Hawaii paroling authority plays a vital role in the State's criminal justice system. It determines minimum terms of incarceration for almost all inmates sentenced to prison; grants parole when it determines that an inmate is ready for release into the community; establishes terms and conditions of parole for each offender granted parole; oversees parole officers who monitor and supervise parolees; grants discharges from parole; and makes recommendations for pardons and commutations of sentences.
The authority was reconstituted in 1976 by Act 92, Session Laws of Hawaii 1976, with one full-time chair and two part-time members. In the past thirty-six years, its workload has increased eight-fold due to the rise in incarceration rates. However, the authority continues to be composed of one full-time and two part-time members. Because it is essentially a part-time body, the authority finds proper deliberation very difficult when reviewing cases and making decisions that are vital to public safety. Further, the authority is experiencing severe difficulties in carrying out its responsibility in assuring that the terms and conditions of parole are properly enforced with its existing staff.
The purpose of this part is to add two more part-time members of the Hawaii paroling authority and authorize the governor to set the salary of the chair of the paroling authority.
SECTION 5. Section 353-61, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§353-61 Hawaii paroling authority; appointment; tenure; qualifications. Members of the paroling authority shall be nominated by a panel composed of the chief justice of the Hawaii supreme court, the director, the president of the bar association of Hawaii, a representative designated by the head of the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii, a member from the general public to be appointed by the governor, and the president of the Hawaii chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The panel shall submit to the governor the names of not less than three persons, designated as the nominees, for chairperson or as a member, for each vacancy. The requirement for nomination by the panel established under this section shall only apply to a nominee's nomination by the governor to an initial term on the paroling authority and not to any subsequent consecutive term of a sitting paroling authority member or chairperson whose initial appointment to office was made pursuant to a nomination by the panel.
The governor shall appoint, in the manner
prescribed by section 26-34, a paroling authority to be known as the Hawaii
paroling authority, to consist of [
three] five members one of
whom shall be designated chairperson. Appointments shall be made for terms of
four years, commencing from the date of expiration of the last preceding term.
Any vacancy in an unexpired term shall be filled by appointment for the
remainder of the unexpired term. Nominees to the authority shall be selected
on the basis of their qualifications to make decisions that will be compatible
with the welfare of the community and of individual offenders, including their
background and ability for appraisal of offenders and the circumstances under
which offenses were committed."
SECTION 6. Section 353-63, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§353-63 Service of Hawaii paroling
authority members; compensation; expenses. The chairperson of the Hawaii
paroling authority shall serve on a full-time basis. The other [
members shall serve on a part-time basis. Effective July 1, [ 2005,]
2012, the chairperson of the Hawaii paroling authority shall be paid a
salary [ set at eighty-seven per cent of the salary of the director of public
safety.] that is established by the governor. The compensation of
each of the part-time members shall be eighty per cent of the hourly wage paid
the chairperson. For each hour engaged in the official duties of the
authority, each part-time member of the authority shall be paid an hourly wage
at the percentage rate specified in this section based on the hourly wage paid
the chairperson; provided that compensation shall not exceed eighty per cent of
the total regular working hours in a month; provided further that part-time
members shall not be entitled to any vacation, sick leave, or other benefits except
as provided in this section. All paroling authority members shall receive
their necessary expenses for travel and incidentals which shall be paid from
appropriations provided the authority for such purposes, on vouchers approved
by the director of public safety."
SECTION 7. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 to carry out the purposes of this part, including the purchase of office equipment and other expenses related to the new part-time paroling authority members.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of public safety for the purposes of this part.
SECTION 8. The number of prisoners denied parole has increased. The purpose of this part is to require the Hawaii paroling authority to use an objective risk assessment to determine which programs to require offenders to complete prior to release, in order to focus resources on the offenders most likely to benefit from programming and supervision, and to reduce recidivism by using swift and certain, yet less costly and severe responses to parole condition violations.
SECTION 9. Section 706-670, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (1) to read as follows:
"(1) Parole hearing. A person sentenced to an indeterminate term of imprisonment shall receive an initial parole hearing at least one month before the expiration of the minimum term of imprisonment determined by the Hawaii paroling authority pursuant to section 706-669. If the person has been sentenced to multiple terms of imprisonment, the parole hearing shall not be required until at least one month before the expiration of the minimum term that expires last in time. A validated risk assessment shall be used to determine the person's risk of re-offense and suitability for community supervision. Validated risk assessment means an actuarial tool scientifically proven to determine a person's likelihood of committing future criminal behavior. The department of public safety shall select a research based risk assessment tool and shall validate the accuracy of the risk assessment tool at least every three years.
A person who is assessed as low risk for re-offending shall be granted parole upon completing the person's minimum sentence, unless the inmate:
(a) Within two years of the expiration of the minimum term of imprisonment, commits a misconduct while in prison that is equivalent to a misdemeanor or felony crime;
(b) Has any pending felony charges;
(c) Is incarcerated for a sex offense as defined in part V of chapter 707 or child abuse in part VI of chapter 707 and has not completed a sex offender treatment program successfully;
(d) Has local, state, or federal detainers or holds; or
(e) Is determined by the Hawaii paroling authority to pose a significant risk to the safety or property of other persons that can only be mitigated by additional incarceration.
If parole is not granted at that time, additional hearings shall be held at twelve-month intervals or less until parole is granted or the maximum period of imprisonment expires. The State shall have the right to be represented at the initial parole hearing and all subsequent parole hearings by the prosecuting attorney, who may present written testimony and make oral comments, and the authority shall consider the testimony and comments in reaching its decision. The authority shall notify the appropriate prosecuting attorney of the hearing at the time the prisoner is given notice of the hearing."
SECTION 10. Section 353-66, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:
"(e) Any paroled prisoner retaken and reimprisoned as provided in this chapter shall be confined according to the paroled prisoner's sentence for that portion of the paroled prisoner's term remaining unserved at time of parole, but successive paroles may, in the discretion of the paroling authority, be granted to the prisoner during the life and in respect of the sentence. If the paroled prisoner is retaken and reimprisoned for violating a condition of parole but has not been charged with a new felony offense, absconded or left the State without permission from the paroling authority, violated conditions applicable to sex offenders such as registering as a sex offender or conditions related to proximity to specified locations or persons, or been previously reimprisoned for violating the conditions of parole on the current offense, the paroled prisoner shall be confined for no more than six months for that portion of the paroled prisoner's term remaining unserved at time of parole, whichever is shorter; provided that a paroled prisoner may be reimprisoned for more than six months if the Hawaii paroling authority determines that the paroled prisoner poses a significant risk to the safety or property of other persons that can only be mitigated by additional incarceration. The six-month period of confinement shall not start until the paroling authority has revoked the parole of the prisoner. The prisoner shall be given credit for time served in custody pending a hearing on revocation of parole."
SECTION 11. The purpose of this part is to ensure accountability for victims and offenders by improving how restitution is collected by the department of public safety and ensuring all felony offenders are supervised for at least some minimum period of time after release from incarceration.
SECTION 12. Section 353-22.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§353-22.6 Victim restitution.
The director of public safety shall enforce victim restitution orders against all
moneys earned, deposited, or credited to an inmate's individual account
by the prisoner while incarcerated. The amount deducted and paid [
annually] to the victim shall be [ ten] twenty-five per cent
of the [ prisoner's annual earnings.] total
of all moneys earned, new deposits, and credits to the inmate's individual
account. The moneys shall be deducted monthly and paid to the victim once the
amount reaches $25, or annually, whichever is sooner. This section shall not apply to moneys earned
on work furlough pursuant to section 353-17."
SECTION 13. Section 353-69, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§353-69 Parole when. [
Except as provided in section 706-670, parole shall be granted unless it
appears to the Hawaii paroling authority that there is a reasonable probability
that the prisoner concerned will live and remain at liberty without violating
the law and that the prisoner's release is not incompatible with the welfare
and safety of society."
SECTION 14. Section 706-670, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (5) to read as follows:
Release upon expiration of
maximum term. If the authority fixes no earlier release date, a prisoner's
release shall become mandatory at the expiration of the prisoner's maximum term
of imprisonment.] Supervised parole
release prior to the expiration of the maximum term. Notwithstanding section
706-605 (1)(c), if the Hawaii paroling authority fixes no earlier release date or has not released a prisoner upon completion of a
set minimum term, a prisoner shall be released to parole based on the
longest term of imprisonment as follows:
(a) Class A felony - eighteen months prior to the expiration of the maximum term;
(b) Class B felony - twelve months prior to the expiration of the maximum term; and
(c) Class C felony - six months prior to the expiration of the maximum term.
No prisoner shall be incarcerated beyond the expiration of the prisoner's maximum term of imprisonment."
SECTION 15. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the:
(1) Hiring of parole officers to supervise parolees, and reentry intake services personnel to perform pretrial risk assessments for purposes of implementing this Act; and
(2) Funding of inmate pre-release and reentry programs through private providers of service in order to expedite the release of inmates to parole.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of public safety for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 16. The department of public safety shall report to the legislature, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular sessions of 2013 to 2017, on the following:
(1) The progress of implementing this Act;
(2) The number of inmates who have been paroled as a result of this Act;
(3) The estimated savings in bed space of inmates paroled as a result of this Act; and
(4) The number of Hawaii inmates brought back from the mainland as a result of this Act.
SECTION 17. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 18. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 19. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2012; provided that:
(1) Sections 3 and 12 shall take effect on January 1, 2013;
(2) Sections 9 and 14 shall apply to any individual who commits an offense on or after July 1, 2012; and
(3) Section 10 shall apply to any individual on parole supervision on or after July 1, 2012.
Public Safety; Parole
Requires a pre-trial risk assessment to be conducted within three working days. Expands the membership on the Hawaii paroling authority. Requires the use of validated risk assessments to guide parole decisions. Limits length of re- incarceration for first-time parole violators. Increases victim restitution payments by inmates. Requires release on supervised parole prior to the maximum sentence date. Makes appropriations. (SD1)
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