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Criminal Justice

Testimony — SB294, relating to property forfeiture

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re:

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Government accountability scores a victory at Legislature

It was a victory for government accountability and transparency when the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill authorizing the disclosure to lawmakers of the identities of police officers suspended or fired for misconduct. Earlier that same day, Monday, July 5, 2020, University of Hawaii communications professor Gerald Kato had discussed the bill, House Bill 285 on Keli’i

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Grassroot Institute testifies on asset forfeiture reform

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2069 Testimony February 13, 2020 2:05 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Chris Lee, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re: HB2069 — RELATING TO PROPERTY

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‘Life, liberty and … property’

Happy Fourth of July! I hope that you are enjoying the holiday and the blessings of liberty. Of course, when we talk about liberty and rights, we usually start with glamorous ones, like freedom of speech, the right to bear arms and the right to privacy. But there’s a less-flashy

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Testimony on civil asset forfeiture bill — HB 748

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 3, 2019. Re: HB748 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on House

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Hawaii bail system victimizes taxpayers, too

It’s important for Hawaii to consider the enormous costs of its harsh bail policies and long pretrial delays, both for the unlucky individuals unnecessarily detained by such government inefficiencies and for the taxpayers footing the unnecessarily excessive bills.  

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Grassroot Testimony: HB 1559 (Relating to Property Forfeiture)

To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 1559 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its

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Civil Forfeiture and the Trampling of the Constitution

by John Engle In the wake of the recent tragedy and conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, a great deal of attention has been shone on the apparent militarization of America’s police. People point to increased use of SWAT and police forces’ access and use of heavy military hardware as indicators of

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Testimony — SB294, relating to property forfeiture

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re:

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Government accountability scores a victory at Legislature

It was a victory for government accountability and transparency when the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill authorizing the disclosure to lawmakers of the identities of police officers suspended or fired for misconduct. Earlier that same day, Monday, July 5, 2020, University of Hawaii communications professor Gerald Kato had discussed the bill, House Bill 285 on Keli’i

Read More →

Grassroot Institute testifies on asset forfeiture reform

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2069 Testimony February 13, 2020 2:05 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Chris Lee, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re: HB2069 — RELATING TO PROPERTY

Read More →

‘Life, liberty and … property’

Happy Fourth of July! I hope that you are enjoying the holiday and the blessings of liberty. Of course, when we talk about liberty and rights, we usually start with glamorous ones, like freedom of speech, the right to bear arms and the right to privacy. But there’s a less-flashy

Read More →

Testimony on civil asset forfeiture bill — HB 748

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 3, 2019. Re: HB748 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on House

Read More →

Hawaii bail system victimizes taxpayers, too

It’s important for Hawaii to consider the enormous costs of its harsh bail policies and long pretrial delays, both for the unlucky individuals unnecessarily detained by such government inefficiencies and for the taxpayers footing the unnecessarily excessive bills.  

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: HB 1559 (Relating to Property Forfeiture)

To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 1559 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its

Read More →

Civil Forfeiture and the Trampling of the Constitution

by John Engle In the wake of the recent tragedy and conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, a great deal of attention has been shone on the apparent militarization of America’s police. People point to increased use of SWAT and police forces’ access and use of heavy military hardware as indicators of

Read More →