On April 24th, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and siting officials for the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) held a community meeting to present their findings and allow the Aiea community to voice their concerns. Earlier this year, siting officials completed their site analysis for the relocation of the Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) and determined the Halawa Animal Quarantine and Halawa Prison sites were two of the four best locations for the new OCCC.
I have been concerned that OCCC consultants did not take seriously those concerns and questions raised by Aiea and Halawa Heights residents, such as the lack of space for future expansion of the jail, the lack of sewer capacity in Aiea for a project of this magnitude, traffic congestion in a major thoroughfare for commuters, among others.
Unfortunately, the FY 2018 Executive Budget (HB 100, HD1, SD1, CD1) adopted by the State Legislature appears to endorse completion of the site selection process with two out of four choices focused on Halawa properties. Please monitor the preparation of the Draft EIS required for this project, and be prepared to voice your concerns in writing as part of the official record.
Mahalo to the residents who voiced their concerns during the April 24th OCCC Town Hall presentation at Aloha Stadium! If you would like more information about the OCCC relocation and future community outreach events, please visit http://dps.hawaii.gov/occc-future-plans/ or contact DPS Public Information Officer Toni Schwartz at 587-1358 or at Toni.E.Schwartz@hawaii.gov.