With hearings scheduled later this month on a plan to reopen Kulani Prison on the Big Island, it’s interesting to see what was being said about the facility back in February 1947.
I was browsing in the State Library this past week when I spotted Paahao Press, a monthly magazine published by inmates in the old Oahu Prison. According to the masthead, it was established in 1933, edited and published by inmates, and put out until 1960.
I picked up the volume for 1947, and spotted this lead editorial praising the facilities at Kulani and the commitment to providing training and educational programs for inmates.
Here’s the editorial as it appeared in 1947:
It makes you wonder whether our current Department of Corrections could facilitate an inmate-created website, both as an education for those writing and maintaining it, but as a window for the public to see into our correctional facilities.