Hawaii officials request $3M to house inmates in Arizona

Hawaii officials request $3M to house inmates in Arizona
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii prison officials are asking for an emergency appropriation of $3.4 million to continue housing inmates out of state for six more months as a delayed upgrade to prison security systems wraps up.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the state has been paying to house some inmates at the privately operated Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona as the Halawa Correctional Facility on Oahu undergoes a project to replace locks, video surveillance systems and other electronics.

Officials expect the project to be completed in June. It was originally planned to be completed more than a year ago.

The state has spent more than $11 million to house prisoners elsewhere because entire modules at Halawa were emptied for the upgrade work.

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