As HCCC nears ‘breaking point,’ lawmaker proposes to move embattled facility
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Following a recent report of the concerning conditions at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo, a county councilmember is looking to move the embattled facility.
Hawaii County Councilmember Aaron Chung will introduce a resolution this week to move the facility, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
Chung told the paper that the situation is reaching a “breaking point” and the facility has become “unnerving” to nearby residents.
He admits the idea to build a new jail is likely cost-prohibitive, but the resolution is meant to show state lawmakers the public’s opinion of the current facility.
This comes weeks after a report was released from the state oversight commissioners, who called conditions at HCCC comparable to the worst in the nation.
Overcrowding was a major concern for the committee.
According to the most recent population report from the Department of Public Safety, 304 inmates were being held at HCCC last week — which is over 47% higher than the designed capacity for the facility of 206.
Meanwhile, a $20-million expansion of HCCC is underway. It will add 48 beds to the capacity.
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