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Maui Jail Staffing Shortages Prompt Addition of Temporary Visitation

August 20, 2019, 12:11 PM HST
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The Maui Community Correctional Center will be adding non-contact visits during the week to accommodate families visiting with their loved ones, the Department of Public Safety announced today.

This change stems from the recent weekend cancellations due to staffing shortages.

The new, temporary, visiting hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday visits will follow the same schedule. Visits are allowed once a week, for one hour, with no more than two visitors per visit.

The new schedule will take effect tonight.  Families have been notified.

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Visitors on the approved inmate visit list may call (808) 243-5861 to schedule a visit.  Calls will be accepted this week from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  After this week, calls will be accepted only on Monday and Tuesday, during the times listed.

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The Hawaiʻi Senate Ways & Means Committee and Public Safety Committee will conduct an informational briefing tonight to hear from the Department of Public Safety and receive an update on the emergency appropriation for Maui Community Correctional Center and the current state of the facility.

Members will hear from the Department of Public Safety and receive an update on the emergency appropriation for improvements at the Maui facility, as well as the current conditions there. The Maui briefing is a follow-up on key issues raised in the last legislative session. Concerns included inmate healthcare, staff overtime, position vacancies, overcrowding and factors that led to the riot at the Maui jail in March.

The briefing will take place at 4:30 p.m. (on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019) at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, Pāʻina Dining Hall in Kahului. The public is invited, but no public testimony will be accepted at the briefing.
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