Sept. 10, 2004 – The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility will be the focus of federal investigation in seven weeks, after families of inmates raised concerns of civil rights violations. Preliminary investigations began in March.
The probe is not a criminal inquiry, but is rather meant to determine if inmates' constitutional rights have been violated. The investigation comes after an ACLU report released in August 2003 alleged instances of overcrowding, rape and brutality at the facility. Last month, a former corrections officer from the facility was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for committing sexual assault and threatening an inmate.