State of Hawaii Archives: on Crime


Andria Tupola: Prioritize budget increases for police

Less than 1% of our state budget goes to the judiciary, we have a revolving door for criminals to commit repeat offenses, and in areas where we've had a growth of population our police force remains at the same outdated numbers. Prioritize increasing the budget for our police and make sure the city receives adequate attention and funds from the State. Establish a mandated threshold of police in populated areas where more police assistance is needed.
Source: 2022 Hawaii governor campaign website TupolaForCouncil.com Nov 3, 2020

Andria Tupola: Support police who risk their lives for us

On January 19, 2020, two Honolulu Police officers were shot and killed near Diamond Head while responding to a distress call. The situations officers have to walk into are unknown, unsafe and unpredictable. Robberies went up by 52% last year and a 20% increase of crimes involving firearms. We are grateful to those brave men and women who put their lives at risk for the safety of the community.
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2022 Hawaii gubernatorial race Jul 3, 2020

Andria Tupola: No capital punishment; no minors prosecuted as adults

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?

A: No.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: No. Cases involving minors should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

John Carroll: Keep evidence from stops even without reasonable suspicion

Q: In Strieff v Utah, the U.S. Supreme Court just ruled that police can keep evidence seized from stops made without reasonable suspicion if police find an even minor arrest warrant on the person stopped. Do you support this?

JC: Yes, I would support the retention of evidence seized from stops made legally. It would be grossly negligent to not seize and retain that kind of evidence.

Source: Maui Time on 2016 Hawaii Senate race Jun 27, 2016

Brian Schatz: Stop transferring military equipment to local police forces

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act, to prohibit the federal transfer of militarized equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies including, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, drones and armored vehicles transferred from the US Department of Defense. This prohibition only applies to offensive equipment and does not prohibit the transfer of defensive equipment, such as body armor.

Unlike President Obama's recent action, this bill will require the return of all equipment currently being used by law enforcement agencies that becomes prohibited under this legislation.

"As a nation, we were shocked by images of police responding to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, outfitted as if going to war. As we rebuild the trust between communities and the police, we have to address the role that the federal government has played in supplying law enforcement with battlefield equipment," Senator Schatz said.

Source: PoliticalNews.me coverage of 2016 Hawaii Senate race May 26, 2015

David Ige: Opposes capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

John Carroll: Opposes capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Source: VoteSmart 2012 Hawaii Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Cam Cavasso: Supports capital punishment for certain crimes

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Duke Aiona: Prosecute minors as adults, but no capital punishment

Q: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?

A: No.

Q: Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?

A: Yes.

Q: Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?

A: Yes.

Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Duke Aiona: Better schools help Native Hawaiians stay out of prison

Q: A recent OHA report says that Native Hawaiians are treated despairingly by the Justice System. If elected you'll be only the second governor of Native Hawaiian ancestry. What steps would you want to take to help Hawaiians?

A: I'll always come back to education. I'm a firm believer in education. Education is the key to having a future. So get educated.

Q: Do you think that would help address the overrepresentation of Hawaiians in prisons?

A: I haven't had a chance to read this report. But, I do know that based on my experiences, you can say it's anecdotal, but I was the judge that was sentencing people to prison. I was the family court judge who was also having disposition on our juvenile delinquents. I can give anecdotal stuff and I will tell you, that yes, if we have a quality educational system and as well as strong families--because strong families are always the key to this--I think we can make some headway into these problems that we're facing right now.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race Oct 15, 2010

Charles Djou: More prisons; less parole; more penalties; less profiling

Source: 2000 Hawaii Legislative National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Brian Schatz: End parole for repeat violent felons

Source: Hawaii Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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