Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP)

Proposed Temporary Program Structures
Draft Environmental Assessment (May 8, 2008)

Oahu: OCCC, Halawa, Waiawa, Women’s  (10MB)
Kauai: KCCC (4MB)
Maui: MCCC (3MB)
Hawaii: HCCC, Hale Nani, Kulani  (10MB)

Voices Of Truth interviews those creating a better future for Hawai`i to discover what made them ... The Koani Foundation PO Box 1878 Lihu`e, Kaua`i 96766

Nothing Can Grow There - A Visit With Kat Brady

UNLOCKING JUSTICE Conference Proceedings (October 17, 2009).

I apologize for transposing the titles of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i moderators. They should read:
Pam Lichty, President of Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i
Jeanne Ohta, Executive Director of Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i
Arizona prisons gain favor with isle senator
Honolulu Star Bulletin
November 4, 2007
By Robert Shikina

Hawaiian State Senators Visit Hawaiian Inmates
KOLD Tucson, AZ  Nov 2, 2007

CCA to construct fourth prison in Eloy
Grande Valley Newspapers Inc
October 11, 2007

Pūpūkahi I Holomua (United to Move Forward)
Conference (November 8 & 9, 2007)

Harm Reduction Approaches to Tough Social Problems is a two-day interactive conference to be held  at the Hilton Waikīkī/Prince Kūhio Hotel in Honolulu

The fabric of Hawai'i is threatened by a host of interrelated social problems including mental health, drug misuse, communicable diseases, poverty, homelessness, and the over-reliance on incarceration. Pūpūkahi I Holomua will bring together community organizations, researchers, service providers and consumers, policy makers, and concerned citizens to highlight and discuss holistic and effective ways of addressing tough social issues. Conference content areas include:

Criminal Justice/Corrections
Communicable Diseases
Mental and Physical Health
Harm Reduction Policy and Practice
Substance Use 
Cultural Competency

 The conference will feature local, national, and international presenters including:
Patt Denning, PhD, Director of Clinical Services & Training, Harm Reduction Therapy Center (Oakland and San Francisco, California ).
Valli Kalei Kanuha, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Department of Sociology.
Jeannie Little, LCSW, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Therapy Center (Oakland and San Francisco, California).
Ethan Nadelmann, PhD, JD, Founder and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance.
Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, Director of the Drug Policy Alliance's Safety First project.
Alex Wodak, MD. Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St. Vincent's Hospital (Sydney, Australia) and President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation

Prison release scare came from legislators. Honolulu Star Bulletin Editorial  Sunday, August 5, 2007

Mahalo for Override of Re-Entry Program. Letter to the Editor by Kat Brady. Honolulu  Advertiser. Tuesday, July 17, 2007...

Opinion: Time for leaders to take on real issues of prison reform Honolulu Advertiser.  Monday, July 16, 2007

Helping isle inmates re-enter society is sensible, saves money
Gathering Place: Kat Brady. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Sunday, June 24, 2007

What I'm reading: Kat Brady  By Christine Thomas. Honolulu Advertiser.  Sunday, June 24, 2007

New prison for Islands unlikely Honolulu Advertiser  Saturday, July 15, 2006

Arizona prisons may get Island inmates  Honolulu Advertiser Wednesday, June 28, 2006..

Three-strikes law proposed for Islands By Derrick DePledge  Honolulu Advertiser  February 10, 2006

More Charges In Prison Sex Case  Honolulu Advertiser  March 11, 2005

Drug treatment stretched thin by other prison costs  Honolulu Advertiser Sunday, January 18, 2004...

Go With What Works: U.S. must rethink drug policy and take a different approach toward nonproblem users. By James P. Gray, California Law Journal. July 16, 2001

Job training mostly for men in Hawaii prisons by Clynton Namuo Pacific Business  News - July 9, 2004


Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) is a program of Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., administered in collaboration with the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety and funded by Federal funds for the “Going Home”, pilot program.

Restorative Circles—A Reentry Planning Process for Hawaii Inmates By Lorenn Walker, Ted Sakai, Kat Brady. Published by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (June 2006) 

Legislators re SB 932

Editorials got it wrong -- it was governor, not Legislature, who used scare tactics about prisoners. Senator Hanabusa. August 12, 2007

Senate Bill 932: Public safety at stake: Prison system needs updated methods. Sen. Will Espero. July 23, 2007

New legislation focuses on isle inmates, families. Gathering Place by Sen Espero. May 3, 2007

Community Viewpoint

Expanding prison won't improve safety
Honolulu Star-Bulletin (February 19, 2007)

This is in response to the Feb. 13 letter written about expanding Kulani Correctional Facility and letting inmates grow food and live in a tent city with oversight by military personnel.

Have we not learned from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo? It is disturbing to see that despite evidence-based research, people still believe the approach to public safety is to treat prisoners with harsh demand. Added to the mix, by advancing the theory that state legislators have the duty to make decisions and lead society without community input is like putting the cart before the horse.

Our lawmakers represent the communities from which they were elected; it is their duty to listen and weigh public communication, including evidence that proves time and time again that public safety is not to imprison more people for longer lengths of time. Rather, it is to provide training that will afford men and women the opportunity to successfully re-enter the community through job and vocational training, education, housing and life skills.

RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda

Carrie Ann Shirota
Wailuku, Maui

Verdine Kong
Wailuku, Maui

.Kevin Dayton Series. Honolulu Advertiser Monday, October 3, 2005   

Years of problems yield few answers   

Keep transferring or build here? Costs, economics not that simple   

Prison keeps impoverished town alive  

A history of trouble at Mainland prisons holding Hawai'i inmates   

Where the prisons are: From Hawai‘i to Kentucky   

Prisons for profit: inside the big business of CCA

Iced out: Did the crystal methamphetamine media blitz last month daze the public? By Phil Hayworth Honolulu Weekly Coverstory October 29, 2003

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The Drug War: Two Views. The Orange County Register. September 29, 1996
Public Policy: Legalization would send the wrong message to children. Barry R. McCaffrey, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Public Policy: Consider the violence associated with the prohibition of drugs. Gordon Wilson & Laguna Niguel.

Too many people profit from sending prisoners out of state, By Rena Morningstar Blumberg Haleakala Times (October 24, 2006)  

Lack of Voting Rights in our Nation’s Capital. League of Women Voters (LWV) of Kaua'i County - Public Forum . April 23, 2007. Jeanette Senecal (Washington, D. C. League spokesperson), Kat Brady (Coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons)

An open letter to the nation's drug czar By James P. Gray. Opinion. The Orange County Register. August 12, 1996

Kokua Council: September 25, 2006. Program: Kat Brady: Women Behind Bars. Kat Brady serves as Coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons, a community initiative working on developing effective interventions for Hawaii’s offenders and to improve the quality of justice in Hawaii. She is the only community member of the Judiciary Intermediate Sanctions Working Group and is a justice advocate who is activity engaged in bringing the community voice into venues where it has rarely been heard. She also works to increase public participation into reforming public policy. Her areas of focus include environmental, cultural, gender, juvenile and social justice issues.
"Reaching the New Untouchables: Women Who Use Drugs" will be the keynote talk Wednesday at the annual dinner meeting of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii (2006). Corinne Carey, deputy director of Break the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs in New York, will be the keynote speaker, according to the drug policy group. "We have to stop thinking of women and substance abuse as mothers, or pregnant women, or women who are being abused," Carey said in the news release. "We need to view them as people who need help, specifically from the growing tide of methamphetamine addiction." Her organization's mission is to replace punitive drug polices with alternative policies that promote racial justice, public health and human rights, according to a news release from the forum. The event at the Japanese Cultural Center also will present the Drug Policy Forum's Ho'omaluhia (Peacemaker) Award to Dr. Tricia Wright, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine, for starting Hawaii's first perinatal clinic for women who abuse substances.

CAP History

Briefing on Crime in Hawai‘i (July 17, 2007). House Judiciary Committee informational briefing. The ACLU of Hawai‘i, the Community Alliance on Prisons and the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai‘i will co-host the briefing. Hawai‘i State Capitol, Conference Room 325

Voting Rights - Two Disenfranchised Groups (April 21, 2007). Speakers include: Jeanette Senecal, Washington DC & Kat Brady, Community Alliance on Prisons. League of Women Voters of Kauai 2007 Annual Meeting

Three Strikes: Throw Away Justice (October 9, 2006). A special presentation by Kat Brady from the Community Alliance on Prisons at the North Hawaii Education Research Center. Sponsors: The Osher Lifelong Learning Insitute at NHERC and UHH-Hilo.

Joint Statement by Community Alliance on Prisons and the ACLU of Hawai'i Calls Upon Community to Press Governor and Department of Public Safety to Mount a Thorough and Independent Investigation of Growing Scandal at Brush Prison in Colorado March 24, 2005

Parity for Women In Prison. Hawaii Public Radio's Town Square. (February 22, 2005). Kat Brady, justice activist, Coordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons; Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized professor in the Women's Studies Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Lorraine Robinson is Director of Ka Hale Ho`ala Hou No Na Wahine, a 36-bed work furlough program for women exiting prison.

"Kids Behind Bars - Rethinking Juvenile Justice in Hawai`i"  Honolulu-Blaisdell Arena (March 4, 2004); Waianae-Community Center (May 20, 2004); Kahalu`u-K.E.Y. Project (July 20, 2004). Sponsored by Hawai'i Juvenile Justice Project.  HJJP Members include the Community Alliance on Prisons/Kat Brady.

Public Forum to Address Youth Facility Overcrowding (February 11, 2004)  Sponsored by Hawai'i Juvenile Justice Project.  HJJP Members include the Community Alliance on Prisons/Kat Brady.

Forum (February 20, 2001). Bill Zimmerman and Dan Abrahamson, co-authors of California's Proposition 36, which diverts drug offenders to treatment instead of prison ... will also be at a public forum ... at Kaumakapili Church. Discussion will be based on promoting drug treatment over incarceration. The forum is co-sponsored by DPFH, ACLU of Hawaii, the Community Alliance on Prisons, the Hawaii Ecumenical Coalition, Harm Reduction Hawaii and T.J. Mahoney's.

"Hawaii's Prison Crisis: Throwing Away the Next Generation." (October 21, 2000) All day forum sponsored by the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, ACLU of Hawaii and the Community Alliance on Prisons, at the Central Union Church, featuring Al Bronstein, former director of the ACLU National Prison Project and others.
Hawaii Friends of Civic and Law Related Education

Prison Programs: In 2004 Hawai‘i Friends, in collaboration with the Hawaii state Department of Public Safety and the Community Alliance on Prisons, created and applied two innovative prison programs.  

The Restorative Circle process, which is for prison inmates, their families and victims, which addresses inmates’ needs, including the need for reconciliation, has been pioneering work (2006, Federal Probation Journal, “Restorative Circles: A Reentry Planning Process for Hawaii Inmates”  ...

Modified Restorative Circles: Since developing the Restorative Circle program Hawai‘i Friends has applied the same process for inmates whose families and loved one are not interested or are unable to share in a process, with a group of inmates as supporters.  The Modified Restorative Circles are promising interventions for assisting inmates in developing reentry plans that addresses ways she or he may reconcile without victim participation.


Kat Brady
Kat is a community advocate for justice who is actively engaged in bringing the community’s voice into venues where it has rarely been heard. She works to increase civic literacy, public participation, and to reform public policy. Her areas of focus include environmental, cultural, and social justice issues.
Kat serves as:
•     Assistant Executive Director of Life of the Land, a 35-year old environmental and community action group,
•     Legislative Coordinator for the Hawai‘`i Juvenile Justice Project
•     Legislative Coordinator for the ACLU of Hawai`i
•     The only prisoner advocate in the state on the UH Institutional Review Board reviewing social science research,
•     Vice President and Board member of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i,

•     Coordinator of Community Alliance on Prisons,
•     A community member of the Act 161 Interagency Council,
•     The only community member of the Intermediate Sanctions Working Group formed by the Judiciary,
•     Board member of Hawai`i Friends of Law & Civic Related Education,
•     An active member of the Hawai`i Women's Coalition, and
•     Chair of the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women.

Kat is the proud recipient of the 2003 National Association of Hawaiian Civic Club’s Kako`o o Kalaniana`ole Award, which recognized her as the Outstanding Non-Hawaiian for Service to the Hawaiian Community.  Kat’s deeply held beliefs in the values of aloha `aina and malama `aina drive her passion for positive social change.

Carrie Ann Shirota

Director of the B.E.S.T. Reintegration Program

Born and raised on Maui, Ms. Shirota graduated from Baldwin High School.

While studying at Santa Clara University and the University of Hawai`i Law School, Ms. Shirota engaged in justice struggles for civil and human rights.

Prior to joining BEST, Ms. Shirota worked as an Enforcement Attorney with the Hawai`i Civil Rights Commission and as a Public Defender on O`ahu.

These professional experiences, combined with her volunteer work with Community Alliance on Prisons that advocates for alternatives to incarceration, convinced her to return home and work with the BEST Reintegration Program.

Ms. Shirota continues to be inspired by the courage and determination of BEST Clients to rebuild their lives, and give back to our community.


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