Hawaii facility is no-contact to prevent spread of contraband

Built by inmates and costing $100K, visitors speak to loved ones through glass

By C1 Staff

HALAWA, Hawaii — To fight back against the ever-increasing tide of contraband, a new, no-contact facility has been constructed in Hawaii.

“We had information that a lot of it was coming in through visits, so in an effort to reduce the flow into the facility, the warden proposed we do this,” DOC director Ted Sakai told KHON2.

The new facility requires only four corrections officers to be present, which is in response to both CO-driven contraband and staffing issues. Visitors communicate with their incarcerated loved ones through glass.

The facility was entirely built by inmate labor and cost $100,000.

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