KAHULUI - A woman who has spent time in Hawaii prisons will talk to the Rotary Club of Maui on Thursday about how the prison system impacts the community.
"I'm talking from a perspective that I know about," said Danette Arrojo, who has been a volunteer for the Community Alliance on Prisons, a community initiative working on prison reform and criminal justice issues, since she was released 4 1/2 years ago.
Arrojo will discuss prison reform, the proposed new jail in Puunene and Justice Reinvestment, a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center. According to the council's website, top state officials including Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, and Department of Public Safety Director Jodie Maesaka-Hirata employ a data-driven justice reinvestment strategy to bring out-of-state prisoners back to Hawaii, reduce spending on corrections and reinvest savings in strategies that would reverse recent crime trends.
The Rotary Club of Maui meets at noon at the Class Act Restaurant at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The public is invited.
The cost is $20.