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Sick-leave abuse must be stopped


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 25, 2014

~~<p>Prison systems across the United States, including in Hawaii, say they recognize the importance of keeping inmates connected to family and friends while incarcerated. That's why they have visiting days. Inmates who receive regular visitors generally cope better behind bars and back in the community once they are released.</p>
<p>So the fact that Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) has canceled all but four of the 22 visitation days that should have been offered over the past two and a half months is not only unfair to the prisoners and their loved ones, but also a potential threat to public safety, given that even inmates detained on our shores are thwarted from preserving or improving human relationships that could help them lead more productive lives on the outside.</p>
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Prison systems across the United States, including in Hawaii, say they recognize the importance of keeping inmates connected to family and friends while incarcerated. That's why they have visiting days. Inmates who receive regular visitors generally cope better behind bars and back in the community once they are released.

So the fact that Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) has canceled all but four of the 22 visitation days that should have been offered over the past two and a half months is not only unfair to the prisoners and their loved ones, but also a potential threat to public safety, given that even inmates detained on our shores are thwarted from preserving or improving human relationships that could help them lead more productive lives on the outside. Login for more...



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