Lawmakers hold briefing on state public safety mishaps

Department of Public Safety

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Many questions have been raised about the community’s safety following several recent prison escapes.

Lawmakers grilled the director of state prisons Thursday about what’s being done.

It was a major breakdown that led to accused murderer Teddy Munet getting away.  Now, major changes are in place to keep that from happening again.

Munet should have been leg shackled during his move from OCCC to court, but he wasn’t.

From now on those transferring inmates will have to take a refresher course on standard procedures every 12 weeks, and the department is looking through those procedures to fill in any gaps.

“Hoping some policies will be learned from this, what can we learn, and actions to move forward to make it better”, said Senator Brickwood Galuteria.

Also, the prison is working to move some maximum custody inmates from OCCC to Halawa to free up space.

Overcrowding forced Cyrl Chung to be doubled up in a cell with another inmate where he was murdered.

OCCC is also in the stages of getting security cameras installed in the corridors outside the cells, but those won’t see directly into where the inmates are held.

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