STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3233
RE: S.B. No. 2349
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2349, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require all state correctional facilities to provide each inmate with the opportunity for a minimum of two contact visits per week, with each visit lasting at least one hour.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice, Hawaii Justice Coalition, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, and seven individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Public Safety.
finds that contact visitation is an important tool for reducing recidivism of
incarcerated individuals as the ability to maintain meaningful connections with
family members can enable better psychological well-being, reduce behavioral
infractions, lessen frequent violent behavior, and provide for easier
reintegration into society. Your
Committee further finds that the benefits of contact visitations with family
members, particularly children, can help to strengthen the parent-child
relationship while reducing the trauma children may experience when separated
from a parent. This measure codifies and
reaffirms that contact visitation shall be the policy and practice at all state
correctional facilities, in accordance with recognized best practices in
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2349, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair