High escapee rate brings Work Furlough programs into questionUPDATED 7:31 PM HST Jul 28, 2014Video Transcript
I'm Yunji Denies. I'm Kenny Choi... A pair of inmates escaped over the weekend... Both of them slipped away from the Laumaka facility in Kalihi over the weekend... Eric Pixley is still at large tonight ... The escapes raise new questions about the facility... KITV4's Brenton Awa joins us with new insights into Laumaka and the people inside .. Yunji -- So far this year -- there have been 20 inmates on Oahu who've walked away from their work furlough program. Here's the list ... But it's not usually a prison break-out.. They're classified as walkaways. Most of them were close to finishing prison terms and were allowed work release into the community. Despite that statistic... the state says without this program -- the amount of people who re-lapse back into prison would be a lot higher. 5309 "IT'S A LOT MORE SUCCESSFUL RELEASING THESE PEOPLE SEQUENTIALLY AND PLACING THEM ON WORK FURLOUGH THEN ALLOWING THEM TO SPEND TIME ON HARD BEDS AND RELEASING THEM INTO THE COMMUNITY." Laumaka is one of two Work Furlough Centers on Oahu... The other is Module-20 at OCCC. The two combined can house about 210 inmates at any given time. STANDUP "THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO RE-INTEGRATE PRISONERS BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY. TO DO THAT, THOSE INMATES WHO QUALIFY GET TO GO OUT, GET JOBS AND COULD BE WORKING RIGHT ALONG SIDE OF YOU ON THE JOB SITE." It's the states way of seeing if the inmates can handle life outside the bars. Inmates able to work 5-days a week once finding a job. But the state's not allowing just anyone back out into the community. 4734 "ALL THE INMATES THAT ARE IN THE PROGRAM HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY CAN COMPLY WITH THE RULES SET IN OUR FACILITIES BUT NOW ITS ACTUALLY TAKING WHAT THEY LEARNED FROM THE FACILITIES INTO THE COMMUNITY AND APPLYING IT THERE." On a monthly average -- the state says 10 inmates in the program qualify for parole.. Another 7-fail the program for various reasons. Two more just guaranteed themselves a FAIL... Eric Pixley and Jared Denault both escaped the Laumaka facility over the weekend. Denault was recaptured near Sports Authority on Ward Avenue today. His one day of freedom could cost him 5-more years behind bars. Eric Pixley is still on the loose. 5129 "A LOT OF IT IS PERSONAL ISSUES, IMPULSIVE DECISIONS ARE MADE AND A LOT OF THEM REGRET THE DECISIONS THEY MAKE NOT COMING BACK." The state estimates that about 5-to-six-hundred inmates go through it's work furlough program every year. Starting next month -- a small amount of those on work furlough will have to wear GPS monitoring devices. The state says its implementing those not because of the recent walk-aways... But to make its program more efficient.