Correctional facilities

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and
appropriates funds for capital improvements to construct
correctional facilities.  Appropriates funds for operational

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           401
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                     A BILL FOR AN ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the State is facing a
 2 crisis, wherein state correctional programs and facilities
 3 greatly exceed their capacity.  The State has responded to this
 4 situation by means of a redistribution of inmates among state
 5 facilities and by transferring prisoners to mainland United
 6 States institutions.  These responses, though helpful in reducing
 7 the overcrowding problem, will only offer temporary relief.  The
 8 legislature further finds that the construction of additional
 9 prison facilities will enable the State to house repeat offenders
10 and career criminals instead of releasing them prematurely into
11 the community without being rehabilitated.  This will help put an
12 end to the "revolving door" practice at our prisons.  The
13 legislature also finds that every reasonable effort should be
14 made to inform, involve, and benefit the communities considered
15 and ultimately elected for placement of any prison, in ways
16 including but not limited to the minimization of adverse
17 environmental and social impacts, job training and hiring
18 preferences, and the procurement of local products and services.

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 1 Further, the legislature intends that every reasonable effort be
 2 made to inform, involve, and benefit the communities considered
 3 and ultimately selected, in ways including but not limited to,
 4 the minimization of adverse environmental and social impacts, job
 5 training and hiring preferences, and the procurement of local
 6 products and services.
 7      The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds to create
 8 prison space by constructing a medium security facility for the
 9 detention of serious offenders.  
10      SECTION 2.  The director of finance is authorized to issue
11 general obligation bonds in the sum of $     or so much thereof
12 as may be necessary and the same sum or so much thereof as may be
13 necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 1999-2000 for the
14 following project for the department of public safety.
15      1.   Design, construction, land, and equipment for a medium
16           security correctional facility on the island of Hawaii.
17           Design                                    $          
18           Construction
19           Land
20           Equipment
21           Total                                      $         
22      SECTION 3.  The appropriations made for the capital
23 improvement projects authorized in section 2 of this Act shall not

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 1 lapse at the end of the fiscal year in which the appropriation is
 2 made; provided that all appropriations which are unencumbered as
 3 of June 30, 2003, shall lapse as of that date.
 4      SECTION 4.  The sum appropriated in section 2 of this Act
 5 shall be expended by the department of accounting and general
 6 services for the purposes of this Act.
 7      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
 9                     INTRODUCED BY: ______________________________