On July 9, the ACLU of Hawai‘i and co-partners Ekolu Mea Nui and the Matsunaga Institute for Peace hosted a virtual Honolulu Prosecutor Candidate Forum featuring the candidates Steve Alm, RJ Brown, Jacquie Esser, Megan Kau, Tae Kim, and Dwight Nadamoto. Candidates were asked on key Smart Justice issues. The forum was moderated by Jen Jenkins, a public policy advocate who focuses their work on homelessness and transforming the justice system in Hawai‘i.
The ACLU of Hawai‘i, Ekolu Mea Nui and the Matsunaga Institute for Peace do not endorse or oppose candidates for elected office, but offer this opportunity to candidates to explain their positions on key Smart Justice issues to the communities they hope to serve. The ACLU Smart Justice campaign is an initiative focused on reducing mass incarceration by fifty percent while tackling the racial disparities in the criminal legal system.