Replacing Hawaii’s largest jail may cost an estimated $673 million, although that price tag could be reduced to as little as $433 million if lawmakers and prison officials opt for a less expensive low-rise design, according to a new report from consultants hired to plan and design the proposed facility.
State lawmakers have long wanted to replace Oahu Community Correctional Center, arguing OCCC’s 16-acre site in urban Honolulu along the planned rail line should be redeveloped for housing or other commercial uses.
OCCC also has an outdated, sprawling design that requires high staffing levels, and the facility is both overcrowded and inefficient to run. Construction of the main jail at OCCC was completed in 1982
Prison officials on Wednesday announced they have narrowed the search for a replacement site for OCCC to four sites, including the current Halawa Correctional Facility site and the state Department of Agriculture’s Animal Quarantine Facility site in Halawa Valley.
Also included as finalists are the current OCCC site in Kalihi, and “Lot 17” in the Mililani Technology Park. The plan is to do further evaluation of those sites in an environmental impact statement before making a final selection.