Native Hawaiians are overrepresented in prison and in every other stage of the criminal justice system. That's according to a recent study by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Justice Policy Institute.
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A nine-member task force has announced 38 recommendations aimed at making significant changes to the problem.
In a recent study by OHA, Native Hawaiians make up 40 percent of those incarcerated and typically spend more time in jail.
"This is a tragic reality that cannot be denied," said Michael Broderick, chairman of the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force.
"Is this a priority for the legislature? If it’s a priority for the legislature, they will fund it."
- Michael Broderick, Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force chairman
In an effort to turn the numbers around, the state legislature created a Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force.
Statewide meetings over the summer and interviews with inmates were compiled into a 28-page report.
"Our report, although a good start, is just that. A good start," said Broderick.
Among the 38 recommendations: