Governor OKs $5M for emergency repairs to Maui jail ransacked during riot

Governor OKs $5M for emergency repairs to Maui jail ransacked during riot
A riot in March at Maui Community Correction Center left behind significant damage. (Image: Department of Public Safety)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The governor has approved a $5.1 million emergency appropriation to repair the damage left behind by a riot at Maui’s jail in March.

Three modules at the Maui Community Correctional Center were damaged in the riot, and one ― Module B ― remains closed.

The legislative request for the emergency funding lists the damage left behind by scores of rioting inmates. Inmates broke fire sprinklers and cell window glass, started a fire, ransacked supplies and destroyed everything from tables to toilets.

[Read more: Gov. Ige tours MCCC for a first-hand look at damage following riots, escapes]

The state Department of Public Safety has said the riot ― which it called a “disturbance” ― was a symptom of severe overcrowding at the facility. But several employees have questioned that explanation, saying a lack of leadership and inappropriate staffing was also to blame.

In an anonymous letter to the community, MCCC staff members said: “The inconvenient truth about your jail is that it’s not safe, we’re not safe and the public’s not safe.”

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