Honolulu Prosecutor Says Too Many Violent Criminals in Drug Probation Program
State Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald touted [HOPE] in his annual State of the Judiciary Address in a joint session of the legislature Wednesday.
“Sex offenders, kidnapping, assault on police officers, terroristic threatening, domestic violence defendants – these should be incarcerated and not placed on HOPE Probation,” said [DA Keith] Kaneshiro.
According to Kaneshiro’s office, there were 2,021 probationers in the program in 2015. Of those, 686 of them—or more than a third—were violent or sex offenders that he said shouldn’t have been in the program in the first place.