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Kaneshiro should stay as prosecutor


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 20, 2012

~~<p>Fidelity toward Honolulu's criminal prosecutors goes back nearly three decades, and incumbent chief Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has been a recipient of loyalty by some, but is seen as an antagonist by others. Since returning to his present job two years ago, Kaneshiro has made the office a key player in law enforcement public policy. For his longterm effective dedication to public safety and criminal prosecution, he should be retained.</p>
<p>Kaneshiro has been lukewarm to a Justice Reinvestment Initiative &mdash; a laudable program that would reduce the overcrowded prison population without compromising safety &mdash; warning that it should await enough probation and parole officers in place, which is understandable from his perspective.</p>
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Fidelity toward Honolulu's criminal prosecutors goes back nearly three decades, and incumbent chief Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro has been a recipient of loyalty by some, but is seen as an antagonist by others. Since returning to his present job two years ago, Kaneshiro has made the office a key player in law enforcement public policy. For his longterm effective dedication to public safety and criminal prosecution, he should be retained.

Kaneshiro has been lukewarm to a Justice Reinvestment Initiative — a laudable program that would reduce the overcrowded prison population without compromising safety — warning that it should await enough probation and parole officers in place, which is understandable from his perspective. Login for more...



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