State Criminal Justice Profile

Hawaii

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $2 million* in state and local funds to Hawaii.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $908,157
Justice Assistance Grant Program—4 Local Awards $654,527
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $473,660

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 State of Hawaii FY 2014 Application for the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $908,157

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City and County of Honolulu 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program–Honolulu $454,753
Hawaii County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technology Improvement and Upgrade Project $89,333
Kauai County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $43,381
Maui County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $67,060

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Hawaii John R. Justice Grant Program $30,905
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 State of Hawaii FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $53,982
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Application Guidance for Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $26,344
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 State of Hawaii FY 2014 Application Guidance for Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Reallocation Funds $52,688
Judiciary Courts of the State of Hawaii 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Big Island Veterans Treatment Court (BIVTC) $309,741

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 4

Sworn Officers: 2,886

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • 100% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 1 officer was feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 6 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 40 officers were assaulted (0.08% of all officers assaulted in the United States).*

*Data represents the number of assaults on officers reported by the Maui Police Department.

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Hawaii:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 3,330 3,533 6.1
Murder and Manslaughter 29 21 -27.6
Forcible Rape 285 681 N/A
Robbery 1,040 1,131 8.8
Aggravated Assault 1,976 1,996 1.0
Property Crime 42,817 42,875 0.1
Burglary 7,979 7,533 -5.6
Larceny-Theft 31,233 31,658 1.4
Motor Vehicle Theft 3,605 3,684 2.2

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (9,556) increased 8.20% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 12.36% (300), and property-related arrests increased 38.89% (1,350).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Intermediate Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    District Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 1,380
Prisoner Releases: 1,615
Total Prisoners: 5,632

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 3 prisons

Source: Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Recidivism Rate*: 52.1%

Source: Hawaii State Department of Health
*The recidivism rate represents any criminal rearrests, revocations, and technical violations over a 3-year period following release.

Top Offenses: Data not available

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Western States Information Network (WSIN), a RISS Center, serves Hawaii. There are 54 Hawaii criminal justice agencies that are members of WSIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Hawaii

Highlights

In Hawaii, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Five multijurisdictional task forces that cover the state’s four counties.

  • Active-shooter training for the Honolulu and Maui Police Departments. These trainings are currently being made available for law enforcement and first responders throughout the state.

  • Efforts within the Hawaii Police Department to train and retain sexual assault nurse examiners.

  • Expansion of a new Web-based training program within the Department of Public Safety to enhance the professional competencies of Hawaii’s sex offender management professionals and help them reduce offender recidivism.

  • Upgrade for the state’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The upgrade improves matching capabilities and expands fingerprint image storage space. In 2014, Byrne JAG funds supported upgrades to the live scans used by law enforcement agencies statewide.

  • Gambling interdiction efforts within the Honolulu Police Department.

  • Elder abuse and exploitation prevention and awareness program through the Prosecutor’s Office.

  • Development of a sexual assault prosecution unit by the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Hawaii Office of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Julie Ebato, Administrator
http://hawaii.gov/ag

Hawaii At-A-Glance

Total Population: 1,404,054
Population Under 18: 307,266
Population Over 65: 219,557

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General Douglas Chin, Attorney General

Local Governments: 21
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 0
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Florence T. Nakakuni—District of Hawaii, Honolulu Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Hawaii Department of Defense Major General Arthur J. Logan, Adjutant General http://dod.hawaii.gov/

Drug Courts: 16
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center