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Panel reviewing why Hawaiians disproportionately imprisoned

The Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force is gathering information on why Native Hawaiians are disproportionately represented among the state’s prison population.

The task force hopes to find solutions to the problem, and will put information it gathers into a report for the state Legislature.

The panel will hear from social workers, politicians, lawyers, prosecutors and others at the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday.

The Legislature directed a task force be created after an Office of Hawaiian Affairs report showed Native Hawaiians are sentenced to more days in prison than people of other groups.

Retired Judge and YMCA Honolulu CEO Michael Broderick is the panel’s chairman. Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe is a member.

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