HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE HAWAII CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM OVERSIGHT COMMISSION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 353L-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) There is established within the department of the attorney general for administrative purposes only a Hawaii correctional system oversight commission consisting of five members who shall be residents of this State and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed as follows:
(1) One member shall be appointed by the governor;
(2) One member shall be appointed by the president of the senate;
(3) One member shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
(4) One member shall be appointed by the chief justice; and
(5) One member shall be appointed by the chairperson of the board of trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
The commission members shall annually elect one of the members to serve as chairperson of the commission."
SECTION 2. Section 353L-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) The governor shall appoint an oversight
coordinator from a list of three nominees submitted by the commission. The oversight coordinator shall be a person
qualified by training and experience to administer the Hawaii correctional
system oversight commission and shall be well-versed in criminal justice reform
and maintain a firm commitment to the correctional system's transition to a
rehabilitative and therapeutic model. The
oversight coordinator shall serve a [
SECTION 3. Section 353L-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§353L-3 Hawaii correctional system oversight commission; powers and duties. (a) The commission shall meet with the oversight coordinator not less than once each quarter to make recommendations and set policy, receive reports from the oversight coordinator, and transact other business properly brought before the commission.
(b) The commission shall:
(1) Oversee the State's correctional system and have jurisdiction over investigating complaints at correctional facilities and facilitating a correctional system transition to a rehabilitative and therapeutic model; provided that when an investigation is concluded, the commission shall publish a summary of the investigation, without information that would identify any complainant or witness, and any action taken by the commission in response;
(2) Establish maximum inmate population limits for each correctional facility and formulate policies and procedures to prevent the inmate population from exceeding the capacity of each correctional facility;
(3) Work with the department of public safety in monitoring and reviewing the comprehensive offender reentry program, including facility educational and treatment programs, rehabilitative services, work furloughs, and the Hawaii paroling authority's oversight of parolees. The commission may make recommendations to the department of public safety, the Hawaii paroling authority, and the legislature regarding reentry and parole services; and
(4) Ensure that the comprehensive offender reentry system under chapter 353H is working properly to provide programs and services that result in the timely release of inmates on parole when the minimum terms have been served instead of delaying the release for lack of programs and services.
To achieve these ends, the commission shall authorize the oversight coordinator to adopt rules in accordance with chapter 91.
(c) In addition to the purposes described in section 92-5(a) or any other applicable exemption from part I of chapter 92 and in accordance with the procedures for holding an executive session meeting pursuant to section 92-4, the commission may hold a meeting closed to the public to discuss with the oversight coordinator a complaint investigated pursuant to subsection (b)(1) when necessary to maintain confidentiality as required by section 353L-7(d)."
SECTION 4. Section 353L-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
In an investigation, the] The oversight coordinator may
make inquiries and obtain information as the oversight coordinator thinks fit,
enter without notice to inspect the premises of an agency or correctional
facility, and, in an investigation, hold private hearings in accordance
with chapter 91."
SECTION 5. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on June 30, 3000.
Corrections; Oversight; Coordinator; Meetings; Investigations
Requires members of the Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Extends the term of the Oversight Coordinator for the Hawaii Correctional System Oversight Commission. Requires the Commission to publish a summary of an investigation and any action taken by the Commission in response. Authorizes the Commission to hold a meeting closed to the public to discuss with the Oversight Coordinator a complaint investigated when necessary to maintain confidentiality, under certain conditions. Broadens the Oversight Coordinator's power to make inquiries, obtain information, and inspect the premises of agencies and correctional facilities. Effective 6/30/3000. (SD1)
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