Prison Chief investigates aging prisons and staff shortagesUPDATED 8:50 PM HST Jun 18, 2014Video Transcript
This escape and manhunt put an exclamation point on some ongoing problems at the correctional facility.. Talk about timing... Public safety officials were at the capitol today to explain how the aging facility and staff shortages are compounding an already bad situation. KITV's Catherine Cruz has our continuing coverage. Two escapes, and mounting prision problems-- the state's prison chief wants to get to the bottom of how and why. - 59 :31-59: 45 -"If any staff is culpable we need to give them a chance to tell their side of the story . they are entitled to a hearing if we decide to move forward with charges , Sakai is looking at what can be done to tighten up security at the aging facility which may have contributed to Skelton's escape. - TED 7:00 7:16 - - "There is no alarm system on the fence at OCCC and the reason is that it was buiild decades ago and it was never upgraded. We do have a security consultant coming in next month." But Sakai is also battling serious staff shortages and a chronic cancellations of weekend prison visits. Frustrated families turned out to plead for help. They point to busy hotlines, and poor treatment from staff. - Steven Katz 48: 22- 48:37 -"As you can see I am very upset .It becomes very personal when it is in your family, both mental illnes and having someone in jail and not being able to visit them - Ruth Boswell 53: 24 -53:35 - "You have to continually keep calling and sometimes when you have to continually keep calling and sometimes when you want to be in line you have to drive from your destinations before you know if there is visitations or not," - Kelly Cadinha 56: - 56:36 - "Sometimes they are rude and nasty and they mock them.- 56:30 - "It is really rude they way the treat most of us and we pretty much have to take it" This past weekend visits were cancelled when guards had to deal with 9 prisoners on suicide watch and two who had to be hospitalized. Sakai revealed starting figures about how half of his 1200 guards are dealing with serious health issues and are eligible to take up to two months of family leave. Sakai said the governor is months away on a decision on a plan to build a new prison. He says the state has had a dozen responses to a new design-build process he hopes to roll out soon. - Ted Sakai 6:15- 6:25 -" We had sufficient interest from developers and other to tell us this method is very possible One possible long-term fix is to work a land swap freeing up the real estate under OCCC for development around rail which will run right by it. The short-term solutions to some of the immediate problems offered today include weekday prison visits and even video visits. Officials say the staffing issues are more challenging and need the union at the table. Back to you. And this is just into our newsroom. This is the arrest mug of Daniel Skelton. We're waiting for a statement from the Sheriff's Department. If the news conference happens during this newscast, we will bring it to you live.