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Transformative Justice Task Force

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” -- Hebrews 13:3

Aloha from the Transformative Justice Task Force! We are a new task force with a lot of enthusiasm and commitment. We have members from Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, and Kauaʻi. We invite you to join us. We meet every other week, and our next gathering will be on Wednesday, October 6. The Zoom link can be found on the Faith Action calendar.

Our educational and legislative focus is eliminating cash bail and drawing attention to alternate ways of caring for communities in a true sense of public safety

Incarceration is deeply traumatizing and creates inequities in attaining housing, education, employment and child custody just for starters. Pre-trial detention permanently derails the trajectory of both an incarcerated person’s life and the lives of their loved ones.

Native Hawaiians are overrepresented at every level of the criminal legal system in addition to the myriad of racial disparities that perpetuate their inability to afford bail. Dismantling disadvantaged peoples’ lives cannot be the goal of our criminal legal system.

We ask that you consider supporting the elimination of monetary bail, or “cash bail”, which is the front door of our punitive carceral system, in the 2022 Hawaiʻi State legislative session.

Please use this link to read our entire proposal including the definition of cash bail: Eliminating Cash Bail Proposal

Faith Action community, let the words of Hebrews 13:3 sit with you and be on your heart and consider joining us in this important work.

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