Lawmaker requests oversight committee to change Hawaii’s prison system

A state lawmaker wants to see change in Hawaii’s prison system and hopes to help the state with solutions.

Following up on last week’s escape and capture of an inmate from Oahu Community Correctional Center, Sen. Will Espero (D-Ewa Beach) is asking the governor to put together an oversight committee made up of lawmakers and experts.

He says the committee would have ideas on how to prevent escapes, visitation cancellations and contraband being smuggled in.

“Now this is not just about talking for the sake of talking. I and many people out there are just not happy with some of the things happening with the prison and corrections system and we want to see change,” he said.

Espero is the chair of the Senate committee on public safety, intergovernmental and military affairs.

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