Inmates released due to pandemic are back behind bars

Inmates released due to pandemic are back behind bars

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Diamond Simeona Agoo was back in Honolulu Police custody Thursday for allegedly robbing a woman as she waited for the bus in Ewa Beach.

Agoo is accused of slapping the 42-year-old victim, then taking her cell phone and bus pass.

Diamond Agoo mugshot
Diamond Agoo mugshot (Source: Honolulu Police Department)

At only 19, Agoo has a criminal record for indecent exposure, trespassing, terroristic threatening and harassment. Agoo was released due to the outbreak in March.

More than 800 inmates were recently released as part of a Hawaii Supreme Court order to reduce the jail population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least 50 were back in custody for re-offending or violating the terms of their release.

Some of the 50 inmates back in custody after COVID-19 release
Some of the 50 inmates back in custody after COVID-19 release (Source: None)

Also arrested Thursday in an unrelated case, 57-year-old Arthur Mudget who has an extensive criminal record relating to drug crimes and property crimes. Mudget was picked up on a habitual property crime warrant that stems from a 2018 case.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority identified another 700 prisoners who could be released citing COVID-19 fears as the reason, but Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said enough is enough.

Connors said the courts and HPA are using the outbreak as an excuse for jail reform.

Arthur Charles Mudget mugshot
Arthur Charles Mudget mugshot (Source: Honolulu Police Department)

Numbers show that Hawaii’s population has decreased significantly with almost all facilities at or under operational capacity now.

The American Civil Liberties Union said that hundreds of others are able to stay safe because of the release and pointed out that the number of re-offenders make up a small percentage.

Connors said to the victims, it’s not small.

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