Plans for Pu‘unēnē jail move forward
September 24, 2009
The Maui News - Plans for a proposed Maui Regional Public Safety Complex in Pu‘une;ne; are moving forward, according to leaders from the state Public Safety and Accounting and General Services departments. If the 843-inmate, minimum- and medium-security jail gets funding from lawmakers, the multiuse facility will replace the overcrowded Maui Community Correctional Center on Waiale Road in Wailuku. The Maui Regional Public Safety Complex is estimated to cost $235 million. Construction should begin in mid-2010 and be completed by the end of 2012. The 38.8-acre site is located along Mokulele Highway at the old Pu‘une;ne; airfield within 222 acres of state land now used by Maui County for the Maui Motor Sports Park. The new complex will also include the Maui Parole Office, the Maui Intake Service Center and the future construction of a sheriff’s building. The new facility would house 608 inmates within its perimeter and another 235 in work-release housing outside the secure fences. The facility also would have space for healthcare, drug and sex-offender treatment programs, education and vocational services and other intensive societal reintegration programs.