Hawaii Is Trying to Arrest Away Homelessness and It’s Not Working
Date:  05-29-2020

In the midst of a pandemic, Honolulu conducted 23 sweeps, arresting and displacing people and not providing shelter for them
From The Appeal:

Just after 5 p.m. on April 21, Honolulu police spotted Cynthia Falcon, a petite, 65-year-old homeless woman, sitting on a bench across from the ’Alohilani Resort in Waikiki. The police said Falcon told them she didn’t want to go to a shelter, so they wrote her a criminal citation for violating the city’s stay-at-home order.

It was the fourth time police had cited Falcon that month for violating emergency orders by sitting or sleeping around parks and other public places around Waikiki. Each citation generated its own court date. Some dates were later changed due to the coronavirus outbreak—but although a notice of the change was filed in Wahiawa District Court, no notice could be mailed to Falcon, since she has no known address. When police ran into Falcon again on around 7 p.m. on May 21, they arrested her for missing several past court dates.

According to Honolulu Police Department arrest logs, Falcon remained in jail until the next day. She was one of several homeless people brought to jail that day on bench warrants issued for failures to appear in court for past criminal citations. Since June 2016, Falcon has received 22 criminal citations for offenses ranging from entering a closed public park, petty theft, smoking in a park, and violating Honolulu’s sit-lie ordinance, a rule that prohibits people from sitting or lying on certain sidewalks and public places. Continue reading >>>