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William S. Richardson School of Law

Four former inmates of the Women’s Community Correctional Center will share their deeply personal stories in a special program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law on Wednesday, February, 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Classroom 2.

The program is open to the law school community and to members of the public.

The program is presented by the law school at the invitation of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. PDP treasurer Lauren Kurashige said the appearance by the former inmates “will provide students with a unique experience in learning about these women’s stories.”

The Women’s Community Correctional Center project began almost a decade ago as a creative writing class to help the women use their own words to address their fears, and progress through self-discovery to healing. Called Prison Monologues, it is designed to raise awareness about rehabilitation programs within the prison system. The stories—created from original writings by former prisoners about their experiences and emotions in prison—often bring tears, but also laughter.

— A UH Mānoa news release

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Anyone who works in Kalihi Valley, whether at Kokua Kalihi Valley Medical Center or at the Kuhio Park Terrace Community Center is aware of the important contributions Dina Shek has made in both advocating for and providing legal assistance to those who would otherwise likely be without. Justice works best when all parties have access excellent legal resources. Mahalo for all you have done and are doing.

  2. Hawaii’s prison system has been neglected for decades and is currently the most overcrowded, dysfunctional and inefficient systems on the nation. What this adds up to in real world terms, as the federal judges concluded when they studied similar levels of overcrowding and neglect in California ‘overcrowded prisons produce mental and physical illness, are criminogenic, and negatively effect public safety”.
    In the words of Michael Mushlin, correctional expert “In essence we are spending great deals of money to breed mental illness and negatively effect public safety by relesing people back into society more seriously mentally ill and more dangerous to themselves and others”

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