The Hawaii Legislature passed justice reinvestment reforms in 2012. The law requires that risk assessments be conducted for inmates being considered for release and that certain low-risk inmates be released after completing the minimum sentence. The law expands probation eligibility for some drug offenders and caps incarceration for first parole rule violations. Pretrial detainees also will receive risk assessments under the new law. The changes are projected to save Hawaii as much as $130 million over five years, including a $3.4 million reinvestment in FY2013 for improved supervision and treatment programs. The law and reinvestment plan, developed by a bipartisan, interbranch justice reinvestment work group, included analysis of victimization, supervision and incarceration rates.
SB 2776 (2012)
HB 2515 (2012)
HB 2012 (2012)
HB 200 (2013)
Summaries of legislation can be found in NCSL’s Sentencing and Corrections Enactment Database.
Return to NCSL’s Justice Reinvestment State Resources page or learn more about NCSL’s Criminal Justice program.