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Partitions will end contact between inmates and visitors

By Rob Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 04:31 p.m. HST, Jun 03, 2014

State prison officials have unveiled a no-contact visiting area at Halawa Correctional Facility that officials hope will stop contraband from entering the prison during visitation hours.

Department of Public Safety Director Ted Sakai said during a media tour of the facility Tuesday that six visitors have been caught trying to bring contraband into the prison in the past year.

Inmates helped build the wood and plexiglass partition that divides the visiting area, which previously was an open area where inmates could sit at a table with visitors.

Officials said the partition has 47 windows where prisoners can meet with their loved ones, allowing the prison to reduce the number of staffers needed from 6 to 4. Visitation days have been routinely canceled due to staffing shortages in the past.

The project cost $100,000 and was finished last month.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Gonna be tough doing conjugal visits now.
on June 3,2014 | 02:51PM
cojef wrote:
Will reduce hupai?
on June 3,2014 | 04:17PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
What the heck is hupai? Did you mean hapai?
on June 3,2014 | 06:12PM
pcman wrote:
This is a good thing. If you want conjugal visits, don't do the crimes. Easy as that. I have been a victim of several crimes by people who had multiple convictions and only a few months of jail time. When they get out they do more crimes because they get very easy punishments. It's like welfare to them. It is there to cheat, like people are there to be victimized. If you can't think like them, you'll give in to being easy on criminals. If you have not been criminalized yet, your time will come. Mark my words.
on June 3,2014 | 07:17PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
When does Ted retire?
on June 3,2014 | 03:08PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Malama, Teddy retired once but had to be brought back because Abercrombie's initial choice for Dept. head was such a miserable failure.
on June 3,2014 | 06:54PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Like Ted Sakai ?? He should have been let go a long long time ago. How many prisoners escaped on his watch?? And now this? Time to say "Aloha to Teddy!"
on June 3,2014 | 11:56PM
serious wrote:
Doesn't make any sense at all. The SA reports continuously that visits are cancelled due to the correctional officers calling in sick on the weekends--so why go to the bother??
on June 3,2014 | 04:05PM
cojef wrote:
This system reduces the amount og guards needed they hope?
on June 3,2014 | 04:18PM
iwanaknow wrote:
The guards Union will yell if they cut back on guards? Just throw the goods over the top?....................I'am waiting for the ACUL to file a complaint.
on June 3,2014 | 05:16PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
on June 3,2014 | 06:13PM
T_H_G wrote:
Actually, if you pay close attention to the cancelled visit announcements, its normally more OCCC than Halawa that does not have visits on the weekend. Its rare for Halawa not to run visits even before this change and now the change should help even more.
on June 3,2014 | 07:22PM
mcc wrote:
That's not going to work. Better to search the guards before letting them in to the prison..
on June 3,2014 | 04:10PM
cojef wrote:
Now that is the solution needed, instead of the partitioned barrier.
on June 3,2014 | 04:20PM
copperwire9 wrote:
I agree. And I think this is absolutely horrible policy.
on June 3,2014 | 04:36PM
soundofreason wrote:
Why don't they just go to skype. One glass screen for another.
on June 3,2014 | 06:37PM
localguy wrote:
Or use web cams. Oh wait, our OCC bureaucracy is still using WIN 3.1 not capable of supporting web cams.
on June 3,2014 | 06:51PM
T_H_G wrote:
Because its such a new concept? Oh, its not. They are prisoners, not hotel guests.
on June 3,2014 | 07:24PM
kiana33 wrote:
Really, who searches the guards? It's a sad sad day when you can't trust the ones who are supposed to be upholding the law. I'm sure not all guards are bad but that's why admin needs to actually do their jobs.
on June 3,2014 | 07:44PM
goodday wrote:
hey i seen these in movies!
on June 3,2014 | 05:07PM
HOSSANA wrote:
and what are they going to do about the guards bringing in contraband, also, into the prison....don't you dare tell me the guards are clean and innocent as they are just as guilty in bringing in contraband......what kind of partitions are going to be used against the prison guards from passing over contraband to the inmates....
on June 3,2014 | 05:22PM
inverse wrote:
What if the guards are like prisoners and use their natural back side hiding spot to smuggle weed, ice, steroids and other stuff into the prison? Are guards going to search other guards down there?
on June 3,2014 | 05:31PM
T_H_G wrote:
Hows about 'Great job! This will take care of half the battle," Yes, the stupid dirty guards are ongoing - thats why the busts a few weeks ago. But these partitions will take care of the stupid dirty family members.
on June 3,2014 | 07:26PM
localguy wrote:
Word is the construction unions are filing a law suit against the state for not using union labor. State used inmates and failed to pay them union wages. Hang on to your wallet, state could be paying big time for this. hehehe
on June 3,2014 | 06:47PM
kiana33 wrote:
I hate to say it, but agree with you. Just can't win nowadays.
on June 3,2014 | 07:40PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"six visitors have been caught trying to bring contraband into the prison in the past year" - What happened to these six visitors? I hope that they have been put on trial, convicted, and are now part of the prison population.
on June 3,2014 | 07:21PM
Grimbold wrote:
This was long overdue. Physical contact between prisoners and their visitors has long been the main source of foul play smuggling in drugs and what not. Additionally the penalty for guards who smuggle has to increased .
on June 4,2014 | 12:38AM
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