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Prison parole officials have too much discretion

By David T. Johnson

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014

~~<p>The recent Star-Advertiser article on the Hawaii Paroling Authority could have shined much-needed light on one of this state's most powerful and least accountable criminal justice institutions (&quot;Reduced prison time angers victims' families,&quot; Feb. 9).</p>
<p>But in stressing the anger that victims' families feel over the HPA's reduction of minimum sentences for 14 convicted killers, this 1,600-word article misdiagnosed the main problem at HPA and encouraged misunderstandings about what a criminal justice system is for.</p>
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The recent Star-Advertiser article on the Hawaii Paroling Authority could have shined much-needed light on one of this state's most powerful and least accountable criminal justice institutions ("Reduced prison time angers victims' families," Feb. 9).

But in stressing the anger that victims' families feel over the HPA's reduction of minimum sentences for 14 convicted killers, this 1,600-word article misdiagnosed the main problem at HPA and encouraged misunderstandings about what a criminal justice system is for. Login for more...



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