Kailua residents tired of crime in the communityUPDATED 10:59 PM HST Oct 03, 2013Video Transcript
not paying the time... Our JUSTICE SYSTEM is who Kailua residents are blaming for misconduct in their community. Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies... Kenny Choi has the night off. KITV4's Brenton Awa is back from tonights Kailua neighborhood board meeting where residents TRIED to voice their frustration to the city prosecutor. If there was any question as to how important fighting crime in Kailua is... Just look at the crowds reaction. 2759 - 2810 "THEY'RE SICK OF IT... ...STEALING FROM HOMES HURTING PEOPLE." According to HPD's crimmapping page ... Over 700 crimes happened in the past 6 months. Nearly 300 of those were vehicle break ins... 124 were burglaries... and 260 were thefts. Residents blame repeat offendors. 2845 "LIFELONG DRUG ADDICTS AND CAREER CRIMINALS IS WHO IT IS." Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro says otherwise... 125 "ITS NOT JUST A FEW PEOPLE COMMITING CRIMES, IT'S A BUNCH OF PEOPLE COMMITING CRIMES." One problem both residents and Kaneshiro can agree on is the states Justice Reinvestment Initiative... Kaneshiro is against it because the initiative brings home Hawaii prisoners that are currently in Arizona and to make space in our local prisons -- it releases nonviolent criminals back into the community. Some residents agree. 2900 "THERE'S A THING CALLED THE JRI WHICH IS A JOKE WHICH BASICALLY IS PEOPLE GET ARRESTED THEN RELEASED AND DON'T SPEND A DAY IN JAIL, THAT'S A FACT, YOU CAN LOOK IT UP." Kaneshiro wants to change that... 208 "WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT GIVES TOO MANY CHANCES AT THE EXPENSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY." In tonights meeting he spoke of one solution -- building a new prison here... But until then -- he offered another option for stopping those repeat offenders. 321 "GIVE ME THE NAMES, WE'LL PROSECUTE THEM." And that message wasn't just for Kailua residents... There's several major communities on Oahu where more total crimes occurred in the last 6 months... Kaneshiro says if residents want change -- they need to make their voices heard when legislation is up for debate.