State plans to reopen Kulani Correctional Facility

Some big changes are coming to the Big Island.

The state is going to reopen the Kulani Correctional Facility next year.

The first batch of inmates, between 50 and 75 years old, will be brought in next July.

The minimum-security prison closed in 2009 to save money.

“It’s really tough transition to come back to the community, so a minimum-security prison affords them a more higher level of programming, a little more freedom within the confines of the facility. So it gives us an opportunity to observe them better,” Department of Public Safety Director Ted Sakai said.

The state will hire about 90 people to run the facility.

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