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Hawaii prison pitched instead of jail

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The media was taken on a tour of the Oahu Community Correctional Center on Dillingham. These are two guard towers with razor wire as seen from Kamehameha Highway.

  • DENNIS ODA / DEC. 18

    OCCC, like all of the state’s jails, is severely overcrowded. Jail inmates throughout the counties are triple- and quadruple-celled. In this cell at OCCC, one inmate has to sleep on the floor.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The media was taken on a tour of the Oahu Community Correctional Center on Dillingham. This is the fence with razor wire that surrounds the prison.

As the state moves forward on a legislative directive to find a new location for Oahu’s severely overcrowded jail in Kalihi, the director of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety says officials should be taking the long view and considering options that could also allow the state to bring home all of its inmates incarcerated on the mainland. Read more

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