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November 13, 2017

Think About It: Prison/Rats

I read, with some irony, two stories last week that inadvertently crossed paths, and you'll have to pardon that pun about "crossing paths". You see, the State wants to move the old, overcrowded Oahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi out to Halawa Valley, where the Animal Quarantine Station now sits. At the same time, complaints are coming in about a proliferation of rats at the Halawa Correctional Facility. You now see the bit about the "crossing paths", yeh? And you never wanna stir up the rats in prison?

Maybe the answer is to simply move the rats to the animal quarantine facility, where they can be properly dealt with and perhaps rehabilitated. Actually, this could be a serious issue, the rat infestation I mean, if it's found to be true, as right now it is anecdotal and accusatory, say officials. Rat droppings in the kitchen and elsewhere, it's claimed, are making the inmates sick. The Department of Public Safety says that redoing some of its facility systems has apparently stirred up the rats- yes, because we never want to disturb the cute little vagrant varmints- yet Public Safety heads deny an abundance of feces or prison illnesses due to the rats.

Needless to say, whether its dilapidated, overcrowded Kalihi, or rats being dislocated at Halawa, much needs to be done to improve and replace our current prison systems on Oahu, and quickly. After all, the prisoners- no matter what your thoughts- have been sentenced to prison, not to hell. But rest assured that we will now have public hearings, land board issues, panels, arbitration, inevitable lawsuits, architectural renderings, pushback, so stay tuned, because we'll get back to you about the rats and the overcrowded prisons shortly- the solutions are just down the road, but as is too often the case, that road is a really long one here. Think about it…

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