Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret…The only prison and jail deaths that corrections officials have announced recently have been due to COVID-19.

Hawaii corrections officials refuse to publicly release the names of inmates who die in the state’s network of prisons and jails, and in most cases never even publicly announce when there has been a death.

In a debate that has dragged on for years, officials with the state Department of Public Safety insist they have no choice because federal law prohibits disclosure of inmate deaths.

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