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Problem with prisons: Build justice, not jails, for public safety

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008

    In April 2008, James Faria addressed state legislature during a conference where ex-offenders spoke about the challenges of life after prison. Faria has spent most of his life in and out of prison and now is a productive member of society. He attributes his success to the Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) program in Maui. Now, there are bills that would implement pilot programs that advocates hope will help to reduce the OCCC population and generate more success stories like Faria’s.

The bottom line is that jails and prisons are making us poorer, not safer. We can’t build our way out of these social challenges in Hawaii by constructing more jails and prisons. Read more

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