STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1239
RE: H.R. No. 127
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans, to which was referred H.R. No. 127 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO INCREASE ITS INVESTMENT IN COMPREHENSIVE OFFENDER REENTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXITING CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to urge the Department of Public Safety to increase its investment in comprehensive offender reentry training programs for individuals exiting correctional facilities.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Public Safety, Young Women's Christian Association of O‘ahu, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i, Community Alliance on Prisons, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that the Department of Public Safety is statutorily required under part III of chapter 353H, to provide comprehensive and effective reentry planning for adults exiting correctional facilities, subject to the availability of funding. The Department is also required to notify inmates of the availability of assistance and assist inmates, upon request, to obtain their civil identification documents to aid in their reentry. Your Committee finds an increased emphasis on reentry programs by the Department is needed.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 127 and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans,
TAKASHI OHNO, Chair