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Rates of Incarceration in Hawaii

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016 09:12 PM

The prison and jail system in the state of Hawaii is run by the Department of Public Safety. According to information obtained by the 2010 census, the incarcerated population of Hawaii is almost 40 percent native Hawaiian or part native Hawaiian.

The incarceration rates by race or ethnicity listed below are based on the number of incarcerated offenders per 100,000 people within the same group.

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Here are the incarceration rates as calculated by the Prison Policy Initiative using data obtained from the United States' 2010 census summary file:
  • The incarceration rate of non-Hispanic whites in Hawaii comes to 412.
  • The incarceration rate of Hispanics in Hawaii is equivalent to 415.
  • The incarceration rate of blacks in Hawaii is 1,032.
  • The incarceration rate of American Indian/Alaska natives comes to 624.
  • The incarceration rate of native Hawaiian/Pacific islander totals 1,615.
The Prison Policy Initiative organization feels that there is a discrepancy in the number of reported Hawaiians who are incarcerated due to organizations and employees working in correctional facilities reporting higher numbers then what are shown in the U.S. census information.

It seems that the discrepancy in numbers comes from the way data on incarcerated offenders was collected according to their race and ethnicity during both the 2000 and 2010 U.S. censuses.

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It appears that the census of 2000 census allowed offenders to personally report their race in categories that allowed the option to self-identify with more than one race. However, the 2010 census seems to have obtained data on incarceration rates directly from correctional facility administrators who identify offenders according to only one race category.

This means that offenders in 2010 were transferred from a multiple race category into a single race category instead.

The U.S. Census Bureau said in a statement, "Of all respondents who reported native Hawaiian, 70 percent reported one or more other races and/or detailed [native Hawaiian/Pacific islander] groups."

In order to get an accurate picture of the incarceration rates in Hawaii, it is important to take into consideration the number of people who identify with more than one race.

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According to information obtained by the 2010 U.S. census, Hawaii's incarcerated population is almost 40 percent native Hawaiian or part native Hawaiian. The incarceration rates by race or ethnicity are based on the number of incarcerated offenders per 100,000 people.
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