PSD News Release: PUBLIC SECURITY DEPARTMENT COVID-19 UPDATE
HONOLULU – The Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona resumes personal, non-contact visits for families of Hawaii prisoners incarcerated there, with effect from February 28, 2022. Inmates have been informed of the change. All families must follow new COVID guidelines for access to the facility.
“The COVID-19 outbreak in Saguaro was quickly contained and all inmates have been tested and are free of active infections. The Department of Public Security has been in discussions with Saguaro officials and we feel it is safe to resume visits there. , as long as families and inmates follow the added COVID-19 security measures, ”said Tommy Johnson, Deputy Director of Corrections.
All regular visitation rules will apply according to policy. Visitors must call the Saguaro visitation office to schedule a visit and must schedule the visit at least 7 days in advance. The new COVID-19 security measures include the following:
- Prisoners must be fully vaccinated, including booster shots.
- Visitors do not need to be vaccinated, but must show evidence of a negative COVID test result (antigen or PCR) taken within 24 hours of the visit. No home tests will be accepted.
- Masks must always be worn.
- The visitation areas are cleaned between each visit session.
Inmate Booster Update
On January 3, the Department of Public Safety (PSD) announced a $ 25 incentive for all fully vaccinated inmates who choose to receive the booster shot. On January 13, the PSD reported that 255 inmates received the booster. As of February 11, 1,025 inmates, in the state and at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ, have chosen to receive the booster.
This $ 25 booster bonus is in addition to the $ 50 one-time bonus offered to all PSD detainees who have completed their full vaccination. The vaccine incentive program applies to all inmates in PSD custody on March 3, 2021 or after December 31, 2024, who are still in custody. The payments are deposited in the detainee’s consumption account. Part of the money is deducted to compensate the victim.
COVID-19 testing is performed on an ongoing basis in state prisons and jails as well as in the contracted Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ. The latest test updates received for the probation service is as follows:
Halawa Prison Service – 61 inserted test results; Ni (9) positive, 52 negative. One (1) employee has recovered.
Hawaii Community Correctional Center – 27 inserted test results; Four (4) positive, 23 negative.
Kauai Community Correctional Center – Six (6) inserted test results; One (1) positive, five (5) negative.
Oahu Community Correctional Center – 91 negative inmates’ test results. One (1) staff was reported.
Waiawa Criminal Facility One (1) negative result of the inmate’s test. Two (2) staff recoveries reported. The system is completely free of all active COVID-19 cases.
Kvindesamfundets Kriminalcenter – Two (2) inmates have recovered. The deployed population is free of all active COVID-19 cases.
Kulani Prison Service – One (1) staff reported.
COVID-19 updates for other PSD departments are as follows:
Administrative department – One (1) employee has recovered.
The Department of Public Safety (PSD) continues to encourage all staff and inmates to be voluntarily tested and receive the COVID-19 vaccination. For more detailed inmates’ test data, PSD’s pandemic plan, and information on effort to protect inmates, staff, and the public, visit the dedicated COVID-19 Web site at: http://dps.hawaii.gov/blog/2020/03/17/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-resources/.
Public information officer
Hawaii Department of Public Safety