STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1093

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 744

S.D. 1

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans, to which was referred S.B. No. 744, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Repeal the authorization for the Governor to negotiate with any person for the development or expansion of private in-state correctional facilities; and

 

(2) Affirmatively prohibit the establishment of a private correctional facility within the State.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of the Public Defender; Community Alliance on Prisons; United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646, AFL-CIO; American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii; and ten individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Public Safety.

 

Your Committee finds that currently there are no private prisons being operated in the State despite the Governor's existing authority to negotiate for their development. Your Committee further finds that private prisons lack the transparency, accountability, programs, protocols, and oversight mechanisms of facilities operated by the Department of Public Safety. Your Committee also finds that repealing the authority of the Governor to negotiate for the development of private in-state correctional facilities is consistent with the measure's affirmative prohibition against the establishment of private correctional facilities within the State.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Repealing the Governor's authority to enter into a contract for a private entity to lease or purchase a correctional facility it constructs and requiring that such a privately constructed facility be operated by the Department of Public Safety; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

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 is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 744, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 744, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Corrections, Military, & Veterans,

 

 

 

 

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TAKASHI OHNO, Chair