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Halawa prison to get new security locking system

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's largest state prison will be getting a new $9.9 million security system to replace its aging locks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the state plans to move about 250 inmates from Halawa Correctional Facility to a prison on the mainland early next year.

The plan is to clear out portions of the Honolulu prison so work can start on the replacement of the push-button locking system, which began failing in several sections in November.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says the failure of the current system forced corrections officers to use keys to manually open doors in some areas. Prison officials say the locks never posed a security risk.

Schwartz says the installment of the new system should be completed in 16 months.

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