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Articles by Kevin Dayton

Whistleblower Alleges Hawaii Prison Officials Provided False Audit Data

A staffer says false data in a 2018 audit of the Maui jail hid deviations from staffing requirements under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

by Kevin Dayton, Honolulu Civil Beat

State officials submitted data for a federal audit of the Maui jail in 2018 that dramatically understated the number ...

Beating Death in Oahu Jail Ends With Acquittal of Mentally Ill Killer

by Kevin Dayton, Honolulu Civil Beat

A jail prisoner who admitted to the fatal beating of another prisoner in 2019 has been acquitted of murder, concluding a case that triggered scrutiny of the state’s practice of withholding information when prisoners die in custody.

Judge Rowena Somerville on Wednesday cited mental ...