I am a strong supporter of law and order.
This is why I was appalled to see Bill HB1567 being voted on and passed by my opponent Representative Perusso.
This bill will have a negative impact on our community. It will increase crime by removing needed accountability from within our current judicial system. It will quickly release serious offenders on their own recognizance, giving them a green light to further victimize our neighborhoods and workplaces within hours of their arrest.
No society can thrive without reasonable laws and the enforcement of those laws.
Letting those who commit crimes out without posting bail has increased crime everywhere its been tried.
Why would our own elected representatives pass such foolish legislation except to please outside special interest groups?
The fact that SHOPO opposes HB1567 further highlights its potential negative impact on the peace of our community.
|Measure Title:||RELATING TO CRIMINAL PRETRIAL REFORM.|
|Report Title:||Bail; Release; Detention; Bail Report Interview; Videoconference; PSD|
|Description:||Eliminates the use of monetary bail and requires defendants to be released on their own recognizance for certain nonviolent offenses, subject to certain exclusions. Requires the department of public safety to take steps to provide videoconferencing to a defendant who chooses to participate in a bail report interview via videoconference. (CD1)|
|Current Referral:||PSM, JDC|
|Introducer(s):||MATAYOSHI, BRANCO, GANADEN, HASHIMOTO, ICHIYAMA, ILAGAN, KITAGAWA, LOPRESTI, LOWEN, MCKELVEY, NAKASHIMA, OHNO, ONISHI, QUINLAN, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, TAM, TARNAS, WILDBERGER|
HB1567 Relating to Criminal Pretrial wrongfully ignores a great amount of misdemeanor and, most worriedly, class C felony level offenses (punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine) that will result in a massive blow to the victims of such crimes.
These misdemeanors and class C felonies may include (in addition to others not listed):
- Burglary in the Second Degree (708-811)
- Theft in the third degree (708-832) ($250 to $750 in value)
- Theft in the second degree (708-831) ($750 to $20,000 in value)
- Unauthorized Entry in a Dwelling 2nd (708-812.6)
- Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle (708-836)
- Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle 2nd (ACT 006 )
- Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle in the First Degree (708-836.5)
- Aggravated Harassment by Stalking (711-1106.4 and 711-1106.5)
- Arson in the Third and Fourth Degree (708-8253 and 708-8254)
- Violation of Privacy in the First and Second Degree (711-1110.9 and 711-1111)
- Promoting Gambling in the First and Second Degree (712-1221 and 712-1222)
- Promoting pornography (712-1214)
- Habitual solicitation of prostitution12-1209.5)
- Negligent Injury in the First and Second Degree (707-705 and 707-706)
- Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree (707-722)
- Unauthorized Possession of Confidential Personal Information (708-839.8)
- Identity Theft (708-839.7)
- Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (708-8100)
We need to help our police officers keep criminals off the street, not simply catch and release them back into the community like fish in a pond!
Our businesses are trying hard to stay open and make a profit especially after the Covid-19 shutdowns and economic downturn. The last thing they need to be worrying about more theft and destruction of their property.
As well our citizens are seeing crime increase in their neighborhoods.
I believe in and have worked for the rehabilitation of law breakers.
But, not at the expense of the victims. If elected, I will be tough on crime and work with the local police departments to get them all the resources they need to protect and serve our community.
I will advocate for vulnerable keiki, kupuna and all who are victims of criminal activity and never support legislation that does not secure the peace and security of our lives and community.