Hawaii seeks ideas for overcrowded prisons

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Public Safety Department is seeking comment on ways to overhaul crowded jails and prisons.

The department Friday issued a formal request for ideas and will take comments until Dec. 16. Spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says nothing is set and the department is looking at options.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports one possibility is a replacement for Oahu Community Correctional Center at a new location with expanded beds and facilities.

Another is expanded facilities at seven current corrections institutions and the addition of an eighth.

The governor has set a goal of bringing back to Hawaii about 1,500 inmates incarcerated at Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona.

The request for comment says the department has not significantly expanded prisons since the opening of Halawa Correctional Medium Security Facility in 1987.

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