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  • Writer's pictureHawai'i House Democrats


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – On Friday, March 1, the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs (JHA) will hold an informational briefing to discuss the mechanics of the record clearance process in Hawaiʻi and learn about best practices used by other states.


This briefing will feature presentations from The Department of the Attorney General and the Judiciary, the two entities actively engaged in the expungement and sealing of criminal records. Furthermore, experts from outside Hawaiʻi, with experience in state-initiated record clearance initiatives in other states, will also contribute to the discussions.


WHO:             Representative David A. Tarnas, Chair, House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs (JHA)

                        Members of the House Committee on JHA


WHAT:          Expungement Informational Briefing


WHEN:          Friday, March 1, 2024

                        2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Department of the Attorney General                     

·         Phillip D. Higdon, Administrator, Hawaiʻi Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC)

·         David J. Roberts, Executive Director, System for the Electronic Analysis and Retrieval of Criminal Histories


2:30 – 3:00 p.m. - Judiciary

·         Michelle Acosta, Deputy Chief Court Administrator for the First Circuit

·         Thomas Berger, Supreme Court Staff Attorney

·         Mai Nguyen Van, Director of the Information Technology and Systems Department

·         Dana Nakasato, Judiciary Information Management System (JIMS) Specialist


3:00 – 3:30 p.m. - Record Clearance Advocacy Groups

·         Jennifer Brown, Associate Director & Staff Attorney, Hawaiʻi Innocence Project

·         Frank Stiefel, Senior Policy Associate, Last Prisoner Project


3:30 – 4:00 p.m. - Q&A


WHERE:       Conference Room 325

                        Click here to review the hearing notice.

                        Click here for the live stream of this meeting via YouTube.






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