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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Authorities search for contraband at Halawa

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

HALAWA The Halawa Correctional Facility was locked down today as corrections workers, helped by other local law enforcement officers, searched for contraband.

"We're tossing it one inch at a time," said interim state Department of Public Safety Director Jim Propotnick. "There's been a spike in the prison populaton, and it's a good time to take stock."

The medium-security facility was locked down at 8:30 a.m. as authorities began their search with the help of five dogs.

New Halawa warden Clayton Frank said the prison population has increased from 1,238 inmates to 1,287 inmates in the 3 1/2 weeks he has been at the facility. A shakedown gives prison officials a chance to inspect rooms and look for defects that could compromise security, Frank said.

Frank confirmed officials have recovered contraband but declined further comment.

Corrections officers and 50 new recruits, plus investigators for the attorney general, sheriff's deputies and Honolulu police, were among the 100 to 125 people involved in today's shakedown.