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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:18 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2003

Prison allows Mansho to spend nights at home

Associated Press

Former City Councilwoman Rene Mansho is being allowed to go home to Mililani at night after spending the day working at the Women's Community Correctional Center in Kailua.

Mansho is one of 30 inmates who qualified for a new program that began in November.

After working at the prison from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the inmates are allowed to go home and must remain in their homes from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. To ensure compliance, the women wear an electronic monitoring wrist device.

Mansho began staying at home nights about three weeks ago after meeting the criteria set up for the program, warden John Kellam said. "She's actually within a couple of months of her release date, she's in the nonviolent category, no criminal history," he said.

Mansho, 53, is serving a one-year prison term for misusing campaign money and city staff. She is set to be released June 25.

Mansho had been housed in a prison dormitory. She works in the prison yard, earning 50 cents an hour.

Mansho pleaded guilty in April 2002 to two counts of theft.