The Community Correctional Center for Women innovates in the construction of new housing

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – After years of planning, the Department of Public Safety (PSD) has started upgrading the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC).

Kailua Institution is the only facility in Hawaii to serve the needs of remand and sentenced women offenders.

“This long-awaited project will provide women with better access to services and better living conditions. The new addition will also help alleviate some of the overcrowding in the OCCC, ”Governor David Ige said. “As the largest prison in the state, the main population of the OCCC is male remand inmates, and it is a daily challenge to house women in the prison and provide program space. “

The upgrades include a new 176-bed housing unit, an administration building to replace the current one, a visit / admission building, improved parking and improved access to / from the Kalanianaole highway. The changes were agreed to in 2018 when the Hawaii Legislature allocated $ 40 million for new consolidated housing and other related improvements to the WCCC to enable the transfer of all remand inmates from the Community Correctional Center to ‘Oahu (OCCC).

PSD says the relocation will help improve living conditions, expand treatment and services for women.

“Improving the WCCC to accommodate women in the OCCC has been a goal of the Department for many years,” said PSD Director Max Otani, “and today we are making a giant leap towards achieving that goal. . An improved and expanded WCCC will help us house the current population while providing the essential space and resources women offenders need to successfully reintegrate into their communities.

Construction is expected to take about two years.

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