This month, Department of Public Safety (DPS) released a report that discussed its completion of the site analysis and screening process for the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC): https://dps.hawaii.gov/wp-content/ uploads/2017/02/OCCC-Prog-Report-1_Report.pdf
The relocation team considered several factors in this decision, screening each site against a 100-point scale criteria: Proximity (20 points), Land and Environment (15 points), Infrastructure (20 points), Community Services (10 points), Development Costs (25 points), and Community Acceptance (10 points).
The relocation team ranked both the Halawa Animal Quarantine site and the Halawa Prison site as two of the three highest-ranked locations for OCCC out of the eleven sites under consideration. The Animal Quarantine site received the highest score of 79 points (out of 100), and the Halawa Correctional Facility site was rated as the third-highest site with its score of 58.5 points.
Among the reasons DPS consultants favored the Animal Quarantine and Halawa Correctional Facility sites were their proximity to the First Circuit Court complex in downtown Honolulu, access to the main transportation arteries, future rail stations, and bus stops, the likelihood of disturbing cultural or historical artifacts is minimal, and its likely potential to share services between the existing facilities in the area.
As noted by area legislators Representative Takayama and Senator Nishihara during the recent informational briefing on the OCC Relocation Progress Report, Aiea Heights and Halawa Heights residents and other adjacent neighbors have expressed concerns about current levels of traffic congestion and concerns about safety/security involving the use of the Animal Quarantine site in Halawa Valley. They also asked DPS why the relocation analysis focused only on those properties that comprised 20 acres or more when smaller state-owned parcels closer to urban Honolulu could be evaluated for a high-rise prison facility similar to the Federal Detention Center near Honolulu International Airport.
I encourage Aiea and Halawa Heights residents to carefully review the OCC Progress Report, and let us know if you have specific questions and concerns regarding the Animal Quarantine or Halawa Correctional Facility sites. Please contact Doris Lam (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roelle Torres (email@example.com) of my staff if you have additional questions.