Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force summit today and tomorrow

HONOLULU — In direct response to concerns about the disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians who are in prison in Hawai’i and the U.S. mainland, members of a newly-created task force are using their collective reach and access to engage policymakers in the issue, build public awareness and identify and support comprehensive solutions, an Office of Hawaiian Affairs release states.

The Two-day summit is hosted by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ 2012 Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force, and takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Friday at the Hawai‘i State Capitol auditorium in Honolulu.

The task force comprises Judge Michael Broderick (retired), Task Force Chair, CEO of YMCA Honolulu; Kamana‘opono Crabbe,  CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Hon. Richard K. Perkins, First Circuit Court Judge; Paul Perrone, Chief of Research & Statistics, Department of Attorney General; Jack Tonaki, Public Defender, State of Hawai‘i; Tricia Nakamatsu, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, City & County of Honolulu; Cheryl Marlow, Administrator, Adult Client Services Branch; Rae Deen Karasuda, Senior Research Associate, Kamehameha Schools; and Martha Torney,  Deputy Director for Administration, Department of Public Safety.

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