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Honolulu Civil Beat
April 7, 2017

Hawaii Cooperates With Feds On Immigration Holds, Even As Other States Balk
By Rui Kaneya

According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, law enforcement authorities in 43 states refused to honor nearly 44 percent of the 95,000 detainers issued nationwide in fiscal year 2015. But, in Hawaii, ICE fared much better: The clearinghouse’s database shows that all of the 1,144 detainers issued from October 2003 and November 2015 were honored. The Hawaii Department of Public Safety, which operates the state’s eight prisons and jails, received the vast majority of the detainers, but 319 of them also went to county police departments — 132 in Maui, 115 in Honolulu, 67 in Hawaii and five in Kauai. For Hawaii taxpayers, the cost of honoring the detainers was considerable: At an average of $146 a day to house an inmate at the state’s prisons and jails, an estimated price tag exceeded $300,000.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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