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.
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.”