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ACLU Hawaii files lawsuit over right to marry

ACLU Hawaii files lawsuit over right to marry

MEDIA RELEASE Charging officials of the state Department of Public Safety with unlawful discrimination in deciding who has the right to marry, the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii Foundation on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of four women who submitted multiple marriage applications and were banned from being able […]

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State narcotics lab earns international accreditation

State narcotics lab earns international accreditation

MEDIA RELEASE The state Public Safety Department Narcotics Enforcement Division’s forensic lab, located in the airport area, is now among the top NED labs in the world. PSD Director Jodie Maesaka-Hirata accepted the international accreditation recognition from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) The Department applied to the ASCLD/LAB for accreditation […]

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State plan aims to reduce corrections costs

State plan aims to reduce corrections costs

MEDIA RELEASE In an effort to improve Hawaii’s prisons and criminal justice system, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced a collaborative effort called “justice reinvestment” to reduce the number of prisoners being sent out of state, lower recidivism and prevent crime. The initiative is a partnership between the state, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice […]

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State awards contract to house inmates

State awards contract to house inmates

MEDIA RELEASE The Department of Public Safety has awarded a contract to Corrections Corporations of America to house inmates on the mainland as it continues to develop its long-term plans to bring Hawaii’s prisoners home. The new contract, at a cost of $45.5 million a year, begins July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014, allowing […]

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Senate confirms Maesaka-Hirata, Coppa, Wong, Aila

Senate confirms Maesaka-Hirata, Coppa, Wong, Aila

MEDIA RELEASE The state Senate has unanimously confirmed four of the governor’s nominees: Jodie Maesaka-Hirata as director of Public Safety; Bruce A. Coppa as comptroller of the Department of Accounting and General Services; Major General Wong as Adjutant General, Department of Defense; and William Johnson Aila, Jr. as chairman of the Board of Land and […]

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Public Safety Department responds to audit report

Public Safety Department responds to audit report

MEDIA RELEASE The state Auditor has released its management audit of the Department of Public Safety’s Contracting for Prison Beds and Services. Interim Public Safety Director Jodie Maesaka-Hirata issued the following statement in response to the report. “The Department acknowledges the recommendations of the Auditor and will address the concerns raised in the report. In […]

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Abercrombie appoints Cabinet members, communications staff

Abercrombie appoints Cabinet members, communications staff

MEDIA RELEASE Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie has appointed five Cabinet members in his first announcement on leadership positions in the Abercrombie Administration. Abercrombie’s appointments are William J. Aila Jr. as chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Richard Lim as the director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; Jodie Maesaka-Hirata as […]

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