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Family of slain Hawaii inmate sues state and Arizona prison

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:17 p.m. HST, Feb 15, 2012

The family of Hawaii man killed by fellow inmates at a privately operated prison in Arizona in 2010 today sued Corrections Corporation of America and the state of Hawaii, which contracted with CCA to house prisoners.

Bronson Nunuha, 26, was fatally stabbed and beaten on Feb. 18, 2010 at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz.

"The suit exposes CCA's business model of grossly short-staffing prisons and cutting corners in every way possible to make its private prisons profitable. These systemic practices violated fundamental safety requirements and subjected Hawaii prisoners to rampant gang violence in under-staffed prison units," said a joint statement by the Human Rights Defense Center, American Civil Liberties Union and attorney Kenneth Walczak.

Nunuha was serving a five-year sentence for burglary and property damage, the statement said.

Nunuha was placed in the prison's "Special Housing Incentive Program," the statement said. The program places rival gang members and non-gang members in the same unit,  where they shared recreation time and sometimes the same cell. Only one CCA employee was present to oversee about 50 prisoners in the unit where Nunuha was housed, the statement said.

CCA staff denied Nunuha's request to be removed from the unit, the statement said.

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9ronboz wrote:
on February 15,2012 | 11:38AM
allie wrote:
Local prisoners are terrified of mainland jails. If nothing else, being sent there is a deterrent.
on February 15,2012 | 12:52PM
1local wrote:
The families should be sued and liable for all damages by the people who were victimized by Nunuha. They should also be billed for all court costs and prison costs...
on February 15,2012 | 06:15PM
jamie2 wrote:
Karma is a bitch. Amen 1local! Why do the families of these criminals feel they are entitled to anything. We are still suffering from what the criminal did to us, the law abiding communtiy. His actions put him there so suffer the consequence.
on February 15,2012 | 06:37PM
sak wrote:
on February 15,2012 | 08:23PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Human Rights Defense Center, American Civil Liberties Union and attorney Kenneth Walczak details everything wrong with the prison, but where was he when this guy violated the human rights and civil liberties of the people he burglarized and damaged their property?
on February 15,2012 | 12:15PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on February 15,2012 | 01:35PM
bubbaButt wrote:
It's hard to set an example of how law abiding citizens should act and how they should follow the laws that govern society when you have judges set child rapists free. Judge Karen Ahn, you're an ID10T! The fear of serving time should be a deterrent to breaking laws. Too bad this guy died while serving his sentence, but in all fairness, if you do the "right" thing, you have nothing to worry about.
on February 15,2012 | 02:21PM
HD36 wrote:
Give it a break Roy Bean!
on February 15,2012 | 06:18PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
If the family had done a better job instead of raising a criminal he would still be alive today. The State of Hawaii is not at fault here and it is offensive that Hawaiian tax payers are named in this lawsuit.
on February 15,2012 | 12:28PM
Wazdat wrote:
Hard to get behind a CRIMINAL who was in jail behind bars.
on February 15,2012 | 12:33PM
busterb wrote:
Maybe they are short on funds to put a memorial on the back window of their car.
on February 15,2012 | 12:40PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Why do people do that? If they're dead, they're dead! Let it go!!!
on February 15,2012 | 02:22PM
amg17 wrote:
on February 15,2012 | 04:20PM
kamalani80 wrote:
on February 15,2012 | 04:51PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
I hope I'm selected for that jury duty. Not one cent!
on February 15,2012 | 01:19PM
kuewa wrote:
Yes, this guy was a criminal and was serving time for his crime. However, his sentence was 5 years incarceration, not 5 years plus being purposely placed in the midst of rival gangs with virtually no supervision. Any idiot would know that this is a set-up for violence. The Saguaro Correctional Center should be held accountable for this situation; such facilities should not be allowed to purposefully increase the punishment imposed by law.
on February 15,2012 | 01:48PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
he probably owed money. there is always a reason.
on February 15,2012 | 05:18PM
sak wrote:
The family should sue the guy(s) who killed this punk.
on February 15,2012 | 08:30PM
RetiredUSMC wrote:
You won't get better prisons till you get better prisoners!
on February 15,2012 | 03:16PM
Changalang wrote:
These guys are coming back home hardened. Just like when Williams, killer of Troy B., was kept here. His veteran prison tactics from Cali turned our local correction system on its head. He was such a problem, we had to trade him out. If these hardened and well trained criminals are such a risk inside; what are they like when they come to make a living in crime on the outside? Arizona is a training ground to harden Hawaii criminals.
on February 15,2012 | 04:08PM
amg17 wrote:
He put himself in that situation.
on February 15,2012 | 04:19PM
Incadove wrote:
Someone forgot to tell the family that the state of Arizona is pretty much broke...
on February 15,2012 | 04:46PM
amg17 wrote:
Criminals should have no rights. They gave up that privilege.
on February 15,2012 | 04:53PM
jimbone wrote:
2nd That...
on February 15,2012 | 05:17PM
stingray65 wrote:
That is correct!! Once you are a criminal, your rights are taken away...Do not blame the jury, and other people.. You did it your way!! :)
on February 15,2012 | 06:43PM
soundofreason wrote:
Your rights may be taken away.....but you get cable.
on February 15,2012 | 07:51PM
Christopher_murp wrote:
Why isn't the family suing the perpetrators? What started the fracas that led to his death? Stink eye? A poor attitude? Not willing to work things out with someone else? Sue those at fault. If they don't have any money, sue their families. If the only way to keep these prisoners alive is to isolate them, 1 to a cell, then maybe that's what we need to do. Set it up like in the movie Papilliion. No a/c. No mingling w/ other prisoners. No roof. If you wish to mingle w/ the other prisoners, you can do so on the chain gang, clearing the land. No weight sets or exercise yards. No frills. Make it so that no one wants to do the time.
on February 15,2012 | 05:26PM
sak wrote:
They should send our Hawaii inmates to a Russian Prison, and all of the whining about Kansas or other mainland prisons would disappear.
on February 15,2012 | 08:39PM
soundofreason wrote:
Just thinkin' out loud here, but if he hadn't done the things that got him INTO prison - he probably (statistically speaking) wouldn't have been killed.........in prison.
on February 15,2012 | 05:31PM
brokebuteven wrote:
I don't expect anyone to change their biases, but if you are willing to condemn a
on February 15,2012 | 05:55PM
HD36 wrote:
Cruel and unusual punishment
on February 15,2012 | 06:24PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Nunuha was serving a five-year sentence for burglary and property damage, the statement said.">>.So the victimiZER got victimIZED. Those who live by the sword..........
on February 15,2012 | 07:53PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Good riddance once and for all. One less crumb.
on February 15,2012 | 09:29PM
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