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Pending legislation could change Hawai'i's criminal justice system

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New regulations are in the works for police body cameras under a bill passed by the house.

“There’s no laws regulating when footage is deleted, or when cameras are turned on and off, so we need these kind of rules to protect the state,” said Rep. Matthew Lopresti (D- District 41).

The body camera bill is just one of hundreds that beat the looming crossover deadline for the Hawai’i State Legislature.

“Very exciting to see this legislation move this far,” said Rep. Lopresti.

Another bill that made the deadline would give the public safety director the right to release certain prisoners to avoid overcrowding at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

“It does require notification to the judge and prosecutor 24-hours prior to the release, and yearly report to the legislature,” said Sen. Donna Mercado-Kim (D-District 14)

The state budget also passed Tuesday.  Some key points include-- 7-million dollars for the homeless and 17-million in general funds for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.