Understaffed Hawaii jail recruits guards from other islands

KAHULUI — Hawaii’s corrections department has begun recruiting guards from other islands to counter a staffing deficit at a Maui jail.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that staffing levels at the Maui Community Correctional Center have fallen to the point that the state is flying in guards to fill shifts.

The state Department of Public Safety has asked guards to commit to working a week at a time at the jail in Kahului.

A memo written by public safety director Nolan Espinda says hotel, airfare, ground transportation costs and a per diem including a meal allowance will be paid.

Guards have previously said that, following a riot in March, an increasing number of staff members have not fulfilled their shifts, leaving others to compensate by working 60 to 80 hours per week.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

  1. harryoyama June 12, 2019 1:56 pm Reply

    Are not these same prison guards who sleep on the job so that prisoners can escape and rack up the overtime by calling in sick so their coworkers make more overtime? We should fire them all and contract out this work

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