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Visitation canceled again at OCCC

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:20 a.m. HST, May 25, 2014

Visitation at Oahu Community Correctional Center has been cancelled for a second day due to staffing shortages.

The Department of Public Safety also canceled visits to prisoners at OCCC on Saturday.

Cancellations of visiting have been a frequent occurrence over the last several months as the department struggles with staffing shortages due to sick leave and other issues.

The department started putting out visitation cancellation notices through social media in an effort to get the word out faster to people who are planning to come to the facility to visit a loved one. 

OCCC also opened a "hotline" for inmate visitation cancellation notices at 832-1623. 

To find out more about visitation schedules for each facility go to dps.hawaii.gov

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Graham wrote:
Enough already...Gov. and legislators get off your collective....and do something about this situation.
on May 25,2014 | 07:20AM
kekelaward wrote:
Jeez, stop already! Don't get them started. The way those clowns think, their remedy will be to release all the inmates.
on May 25,2014 | 10:02AM
localguy wrote:
They can't. Unions own Minni Me and all of his minions. Our bureaucrats have been kow towing to unions for decades. No bureaucrat has a clue what to do. Only do as their union bosses tell them.
on May 25,2014 | 05:40PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
They do not need to do anything. You need to have more Aloha for the victims of these criminals. Visitation is not a "right" nor should taxpayers be flipping the bill for overtime to convenience the family of a criminal. They all should have considered this before selecting crime as an option....
on May 25,2014 | 10:07AM
boolakanaka wrote:
While that is true, it has nothing to do with state employees, many who are taking advantage of the system. The situation does not make it acceptable for chronic systemic staffing problems, and abusive leave policies.
on May 25,2014 | 11:26AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Well, I guess if you value family time, don't go to prison. Is that a difficult concept to understand?
on May 25,2014 | 07:40AM
jimbone wrote:
Well said.
on May 25,2014 | 08:05AM
Slow wrote:
...and if you are ever put behind bars, some believe in piling on the torment. Why?
on May 25,2014 | 09:05AM
soundofreason wrote:
Our soldiers don't get to see their families for months at a time. Good enough for them.........good enough for prisoners.
on May 25,2014 | 10:03AM
localguy wrote:
True. However our Soldiers have computer and internet access so they can skype and email them almost every day. I find it hard to believe this same service could not be provided to the inmates. Oh wait, no one working at the prisons is smart enough to use a computer, much less have any concern for the inmates. No wonder people think the Nei is a 5th world country.
on May 25,2014 | 05:36PM
localguy wrote:
Another concept totally lost on the unions is "An honest day's pay for an honest day's work." Union is only interested in ripping off taxpayers to support some low class guards.
on May 25,2014 | 05:37PM
localguy wrote:
This is another of thousands of examples of how Hawaii's unions are so Jurassic. Basically a bunch of corn fed, over weight, high school dropouts, clueless baboozes who can't walk and chew gun at the same time. Such a sorry bunch of people who only take care of #1. Their job? Not important. If after taking care of far more important personal and union business, there are a few free minutes, they may show up for work. Bunch of sickly, whiny, snot nosed, red headed step children. This is what unions do. Absolutely nothing but take, take, and take from tax payers.
on May 25,2014 | 08:24AM
Slow wrote:
"Chew gun?" A little drastic but digging through your lurid name-calling, I agree with you. Protecting and coddling the lazy or incompetent is union priority #1.
on May 25,2014 | 09:09AM
localguy wrote:
hahahah My bad, fat fingered it and spell check didn't see anything wrong.
on May 25,2014 | 12:47PM
jmarie wrote:
Visitation is not a God given right period! if you find it so difficult to do without family visitations, don't do the crime dummy! I have no compassion for people who made a choice to violate the law to the point of being incarcerated. Shut up and take your medicine. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!
on May 25,2014 | 09:44AM
jmarie wrote:
Cry me a river, visitation is not a right! don't do the crime if you can't do the time!
on May 25,2014 | 10:07AM
Papakolea wrote:
It's not about the prisoners. It's about the guards. The guards who did show up will end up working overtime, which you and I pay for. Plus we'll be paying straight time in sick leave for the guards who are playing hooky.
on May 25,2014 | 10:41AM
jmarie wrote:
I agree they should cancel all visitation period, end of sick problem!
on May 25,2014 | 11:23AM
entrkn wrote:
They probably took the day off to plant American flags and hang lei on the crosses at Punchbowl...
on May 25,2014 | 10:14AM
localguy wrote:
No. Walmart had a sale on cheap beer and chips, off they went.
on May 25,2014 | 12:47PM
kprtyqn wrote:
Im amazed the union can allow such "shame" to represent their employees like this. I bet if they had a family member locked up somewhere else and had this happening they would have alot to ragg about. Just because some have made bad choices and are behind bars doesnt mean you have to "abuse" your leave so they cannot have time with what family they still have.
on May 25,2014 | 12:59PM
localguy wrote:
As you can see by the union's shoddy performance, never available to support family days, it is clear this substandard, unprofessional union only has one mission. Take care of #1, personal business, union business, and as they have time, show up for work. This is one time where the entire union should be let go and hire out the service to contractors. Watch how fast the problems get fixed for less money. Now you will have professional management and guards with a mission of taking care of the inmates. Sad to say the union members haven't got a clue what it means to be a professional. Basically a bunch of rent a cops. No, Keystone Kops.
on May 25,2014 | 05:31PM
localguy wrote:
Mo betta fire the sorry guards. Basically Keystone Kops.
on May 25,2014 | 05:33PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Why don't they just ship all the prisoners to mainland prisons and FIRE all these guards who don't want to work anyway? We can then sell the prison land to developers to build condos.
on May 25,2014 | 10:28PM
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