Public safety officials submit plan for relocating, replacing OCCC

Public safety officials submit plan for relocating, replacing OCCC

OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Public Safety officials released their final plan for the replacement of the Oahu Community Correctional Center on Monday.

Lawmakers, residents, and community groups have long pointed to the need for a newer, more efficient and better-placed facility to house Hawaii's inmates.

The statement names the Animal Quarantine Station in Halawa as the best choice for relocating OCCC.

Officials first announced the quarantine station as the preferred option by Gov. David Ige in November of last year. A state report in June of last year also pointed to the station as the best option out of several choices for the new correctional facility.

OCCC was built back in the 1970s, and designed for 924 inmates. Today, there are more than 1,200 men and women behind the correctional facility's walls.

The alternative options for OCC's relocation included moving the detention center to a different portion of the current Kalihi site, moving it to an undeveloped lot at Mililani Technology Park, and not moving the facility at all.

The proposed move to the Animal Quarantine Station would require that the existing tenants move, and that a new smaller quarantine station be created elsewhere.

"With increasingly aged and obsolete correctional facilities, PSD is proposing to improve its corrections infrastructure through modernization of existing facilities when possible and construction of new institutions to replace others when necessary," the environmental impact statement reads.

"Among its priority projects is the replacement of OCCC which, when constructed, will take advantage of the newest cost-saving technologies and improve correctional services and safety for inmates, staff and the public."

The statement also proposes that female detainees at OCCC be moved to the Women's Community Correctional Center, requiring an expansion of the women's detention center. The women's detention center currently has 260 beds and about 295 inmates, according to the statement.

The full environmental impact statement can be found below:

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