Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   H.B. No. 840

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Public Safety, to which was referred H.B. No. 840 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to immediately initiate the planning and design process to develop a secure correctional facility to be operated by the State and designed to include rehabilitation programs for the treatment of chemical dependency and abuse and other mental health programs.


     A concerned individual supported this measure.  Hoomana Pono, LLC., and a concerned individual opposed this measure.  The Department of Public Safety, State Procurement Office, Community Alliance on Prisons, and a concerned individual offered comments.  


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  With respect to the correctional facility to be planned and designed:


          (A)  Amending the capacity of the facility to be from 1200 to 1500 beds;


          (B)  Clarifying that the facility is intended to be a minimum- to medium-security facility that will replace the Oahu Community Correctional Center; and


          (C)  Specifying that the Hawaii Public Procurement Code shall apply to any contracts therefor;


     (2)  Making corresponding amendments to the purpose clause and recommending facility development via a public-private partnership that is subject to the Hawaii Public Procurement Code;


(3)  Changing all references to community correctional facility;


(4)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2020, to promote further discussion; and


(5)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 840, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 840, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety,