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Maui Prison Not Wanted

Existing Hawai‘i Island facility could be expanded.

July 29, 2010
Tamara Paltin · Lahaina

Now all of a sudden, we have $235 million to build a huge prison on Maui where land is more scarce/valuable? Where will the funds to operate this jail with its additional 140 employees come from?

I would prefer that my tax money be spent on reopening, expanding and upgrading Kulani, as it is proven to be effective in helping inmates transition back into the community. Expanding KCF to house inmates being sent to the Mainland would save taxpayers over $60 million that the state pays to maintain its contracts with Corrections Corporation of America to house our people in for-profit prisons in Arizona. It could also be redesigned to handle Maui’s overflow as well.



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