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SB433 Hearing

February 17, 2015 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Senate Bill 433 is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, February 17th at 1:15pm, Conference Room 229 at the State Capitol.

For more information about SB433 or other bills from our 2015 legislative package, please visit oha.org/legislation.

How can you support the bill?

Support the bill by logging into the Hawai’i State Capitol website and submit testimony or testify in-person. A growing body of national research demonstrates that children whose parents are sent to jail may experience great trauma, as a result of their parents’ incarceration. This bill takes a long-awaited first step towards identifying and addressing the unique needs of Hawai’i’s keiki with incarcerated parents, by authorizing the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to collect intake data relating to parents in prison and their children. This bill would require DPS, through its prisoner intake centers, to collect or coordinate the collection of data on the number of parents entering the prison system, the number of children of such parents, and any other information the department may find useful in facilitating services to meet these keiki’s needs.

Sample Testimony

I strongly SUPPORT SB433 which will require the Department of Public Safety to collect intake data relating to parents in prison and their children. Native Hawaiian children may be more likely to experience the trauma of having parents sent to prison, and there is currently no data being collected to identify these children and support more effective programs and services. I believe that if we know more about these keiki, we can better address the challenges they are experiencing. This bill could support long-term access to grant funding, providing consistent services for children of incarcerated parents, and hopefully reduce the number of children that fall through the cracks. I urge the committee to PASS this bill.


February 17, 2015
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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State Capitol – Conference Room 229
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, HI 96813
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