On November 8th, Governor Ige announced the selection of the Halawa Animal Quarantine Facility site as the preferred location for the new Oahu Community Correctional Facility (OCCC).
The Dept. of Public Safety consultants, Architects Hawaii and Louis Berger U.S., have identified the Animal Quarantine’s proximity to the existing Halawa Correction Facility as a key benefit that will allow the two facilities to share services; the relatively-short commute between the site and downtown Honolulu courthouses makes it easier to transport inmates for trial. The Animal Quarantine site includes 25 acres (which is already owned by State government), and would enable a low-rise design for the new jail. The low-rise design is identified as being less costly to build than a facility at the Halawa Correction Facility in terms of land acquisition, construction, and operational costs.
Copies of the OCCC Site selection report can be found at: http://dps.hawaii.gov/occc-future-plans/. Please contact Roelle Torres of my staff at 768-5071 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue.