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Convicted sexual predator charged with another alleged sexual offenseUPDATED 8:47 PM HST Oct 25, 2013Video Transcript
A convicted sexual predator has allegedly STRUCK AGAIN while on work furlough. The troubling case has pitted City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro against advocates of prison reform. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has the details... Andrew, why was Michael Lee Carter allowed to go on work furlough? Lara, it's because Carter was denied parole. Kaneshiro says the rush to push inmates out of prison is a symptom of the Justice Reinvestment Act. Serial Rapist Michael Lee Carter was back on the streets... He was granted a work furlough in June despite convictions for impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting four prostitutes.. Crimes that landed him a 10 year prison sentence. KEITH KANESHIRO: "SOME OF THEM SHOULD NOT BE OUT ON WORK FURLOUGH BECAUSE THEY'RE DANGEROUS." Kaneshiro says Carter fits that bill to a T. Carter may have just proven him right. On Thursday, Carter was charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman. Prosecutors say he lured the woman to Royal Elementary School on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 15 with the promise of drugs. Then, they say, he raped her. The alleged attack went unsolved until this week. On Wednesday, the woman saw Carter near the corner of Kukui Street and Nuuanu Ave. She flagged down an officer and Carter was arrested. Kaneshiro says prison reform known as the Justice Reinvestment Act is partly to blame. KEITH KANESHIRO: "WHEN YOU RUSH INTO DECISIONS AND TO RUSH PEOPLE ON PAROLE, PUT PEOPLE ON WORK FURLOUGH THAT ARE REALLY NOT APPROPRIATE, THE BOTTOM LINE IS YOU'RE LOOKING AT RELEASING THESE GUYS FROM PRISON." But the deputy director of corrections disagrees. Max Otani says Carter was denied parole in January, and instead placed in the more stringent work furlough center opposite OCCC. MAX OTANI: "THE DECISION TO PLACE PEOPLE ON WORK FURLOUGH HAS NOT CHANGED BASED ON JUSTICE REINVESTMENT, IT'S THE SAME PROCESS THAT WE'VE USED ALL ALONG. HE'S PLACED IN OUR CLASSIFICATION INSTRUMENT AND THE PERSON'S COMPLETION OF RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS AND ALSO THEIR TIME AWAY FROM THEIR ACTUAL RELEASE DATE." The Justice Reinvestment Act sailed through the 2012 legislature with almost no opposition. Public Safety Chairman Sen. Will Espero says prison reform isn't the issue here. WILL ESPERO: "THE BIGGER QUESTION ON THIS IS WHETHER THIS INDIVIDUAL WHO IS A SERIAL RAPIST WAS PROPERLY VETTED, AND WHETHER HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE WORK FURLOUGH PROGRAM." Sen. Espero says he will be asking the Public Safety director about the decisions that were made that allowed Carter to receive work furlough.