Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-08-04 06:10:35 –
The State Department of Public Security said 40 felony offenders at the Hawaii Community Correction Center and Kurani Correctional Facility were transferred to the Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu by a Hawaii Army National Guard helicopter on Tuesday.
According to a DPS statement, the transfer was “done to alleviate the overcrowding of Hiro Prison.”
“The Hawaii National Guard has worked with the Public Security Bureau during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, Deputy General of the State. Hara called the transport mission “important to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii’s prison system.”
According to the DPS website, HCCC had three active positive COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, but Kulani had no positive prisoners during the pandemic.
As of July 12, the final published inmate population report showed that HCCC had 262 inmates, 56 more than 206 in design capacity, compared to 131 in Kurani. , 69 less than 200 in design capacity.
Of the 40 prisoners who flew to Oahu, 20 were from HCCC and 20 were from KCF.
“Move these convicted serious offenders helped free up more space for pre-trial management at the HCCC,” said DPS Director Max Otani. “This could not have been done without coordination and cooperation with federal, administrative and judicial partners.”
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