maui-prisonPlans for a new Maui prison has been under dispute for some time with lawmakers.  This new complex would replace the Maui Community Correctional Facility that currently houses 351 inmates.  This facility is old and holds 142 more inmates than it was originally built for.

Problems arose in the plans over disagreements at to the size, design and price of the prison.  The current price was set at $235 million with a completion date of 2012.  Governor Lingle put a stop to the plans when Senator Shan Tsutsui made some comments in a Maui News article.

Within government, there’s always going to be difficulties and disagreement with plans involving such a large budget.  Hopefully, an agreement can be made sometime in the future.