Column: Hawaii’s early inmate release a health success

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Column: Hawaii’s early inmate release a health success

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Corrections facilities across the nation has considered releasing inmates early to slow the spread of the corona virus. While the public has had mixed feelings about this idea Hawaii has been successful in creating a process to examine and individually decide on early release for its inmates.
The mainland US has had numerous outbreaks inside of its prisons and jails and Hawaii was trying to prevent this. As the article explains, early release is not only beneficial to the inmates and employees but also to the larger community. It also touches on the impact systemic racism has had on creating the largest prison population in the world.
prison, jail, bail reform, incarceration, early release, decarceration, Hawaii, systemic racism

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