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11-hour lockdown at MCCC highlights overcrowded prison conditions

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Overcrowded conditions are partly to blame for an 11-hour lockdown at the Maui Community Correctional Center on Wednesday, and it continues to be a growing problem across the state.

“We make no secret of the fact that our facilities are overcrowded," said Nolan Espinda, director of the Department of Public Safety. "Our correctional staff immediately went into action to de-escalate the situation, maintaining constant control despite the overcrowded conditions in that module,”

DPS said inmates at MCCC caused a “disturbance” during their breakfast at a module that housed 81 inmates but was built for only 48 inmates.

MCCC's capacity is 301, but there are currently 444 inmates there.

On the Big Island, the Hawaii Community Correctional Center houses 415 inmates in a facility with a capacity is 226.

Kauai Community Correctional Center's capacity is 128, but its population is nearly twice that amount.

At the Oahu Community Correctional Center, more than 1,300 inmates are housed there when its official capacity is 954. Lawmakers have been considering building a new facility in Central Oahu.

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