Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. Department of Public Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of incarcerated individuals alleged that conditions within Hawai`i prisons were contributing to disease outbreaks.  The parties settled when the Department of Public Safety agreed to permit an independent panel to review the facilities and provide guidance and recommendations.  The monitoring panel produced six reports from October 2021 to March 2022.  In response to a request from the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, the Department refused to release any portion of the reports, claiming the reports were protected by the attorney work product doctrine and deliberative process privilege.  The case is assigned to the Honorable John M. Tonaki.  No. 1CCV-22-735.  A summary judgment hearing is scheduled for January 19, 2023.