Since 2012, corrections facilities in Hawaii have come under fire as guards continue to be arrested for smuggling illegal substances and other goods to inmates. In January, another officer at Halawa Correctional Facility was arrested on drug charges.
As many as two-thirds of all criminal convictions in Hawaii lead to mainland incarceration, typically in private prisons in Arizona. Through the years, mainland prisoners have been subjected to numerous issues that do not seem to occur in the public, island-based correctional facilities, such as the following:
The 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, requires that prisoners be provided adequate medical care.