Hero Image
Scholarship of Design
Decolonizing Prisons
Cathi Ho Schar, Nicole Biewenga & Mark Lombawa
View Issue Articles

Underrepresented communities are overrepresented in correctional systems worldwide. In Hawaiʻi, Native Hawaiians represent a disproportionately high percentage of people in all levels of the criminal justice system. This chronic overrepresentation of Hawaiʻi’s indigenous community embodies systemic inequality, discrimination, racism, and colonialism across multiple institutions and generations. Our paper describes a cultural competence framework developed for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Safety to address this injustice through the integration of cultural and indigenous values, knowledge, and practices to agency structure, processes, programs, and facilities. The project offers diverse, context-specific, decolonizing mechanisms designed to support systemic transformation.

Continue Reading:

ACSA Members