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Women's Prison in Kailua Begins Construction on New Housing Units

WCCC New Housing
Toni Schwartz
Hawaii Department of Public Safety
Image of WCCC's new housing unit plan.

The Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua held a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week to mark the start of a new construction project. WCCC is the only facility in Hawaiʻi specializing in serving the needs of pre-trial and sentenced female offenders.

In 2018, the state legislature earmarked $40 million to construct new housing buildings at WCCC.

The facility improvements will include:

  • A 176-bed housing unit
  • A new administrative building
  • A new visitation building
  • Improved employee/visitor parking with better access to Kalaniana’ole Highway.

The improvements will allow all female pre-trial detainees at Oahu Community Correctional Center to transfer to WCCC, which will help alleviate some of the overpopulation problems at OCCC.

Construction is expected to take around two years to complete.

Zoe Dym is a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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