Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019


RE: H.B. No. 1436

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1436 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to reform Hawaii's criminal justice system by:


(1) Requiring courts to order any person charged with a criminal offense to be released on personal recognizance or on the execution of an unsecured bond, unless the person is unlikely to appear for trial;


(2) Requiring the Judiciary to establish a statewide court appearance reminder system for criminal cases; and


(3) Establishing requirements for any pretrial risk assessment tool used by the Judiciary.


The Office of the Public Defender, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, IMUAlliance, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Community Alliance on Prisons, and several concerned individuals supported this measure. The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu and A.Y.S. Bail Bonds LLC opposed this measure. The Judiciary, Department of the Attorney General, Department of Public Safety, and Hawaii Disability Rights Center offered comments.


Your Committee notes the concerns of the Department of the Attorney General that the presumptive language in the measure may adversely affect community safety and the effective administration of justice. However, your Committee believes that this measure deserves consideration and further discussion as it moves through the legislative process.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Deleting the requirements for any pretrial risk assessment tool used by the Judiciary; and


(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion on this measure.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1436, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1436, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Veterans, & Military Affairs,