Hawai`i Reentry Legal & Resource Guide

The Hawai`i Reentry Legal & Resource Guide is designed to help people understand the legal rights and responsibilities of incarcerated people and people with criminal records in the state of Hawai'i, and provide possible resources to assist with people's transition back into the community. The guide includes basic information about people's reentry legal rights on key issues including getting ID, housing, employment, and family reunification.

We developed this resource in partnership with Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice (HRFJ)a nonprofit organization established in 1980 in Honolulu that is committed to advancing civic behavior and improving the justice system. HFRJ trains, advocates, develops programs, researches, and educates on evidence-based practices that rehabilitate, heal, and give hope. Its work has been researched and published in 50 articles and several books.

“After spending three years in prison, I was unsure how I would make it back in the community. I was worried about potential mistakes and relapsing. But with the help of Hawai‘i Friends, and my Huikahi reentry circle with my family, I was got the chance to work on repairing damaged relationships and make solid plans for employment, housing, transportation, and my other needs for independence.”
— Iann Crabbe ~ Board of Directors Member (HFRJ)

Please note: If you find inaccurate information or if you know of other information that can assist others that is missing here, please contact HRFJ by email lorenn@hawaiifriends.org or by mail at P.O. Box 489, Waialua, Hawai‘i 96791.


If you are you interested in replicating Root & Rebound's know-your-rights reentry legal resources or building the legal capacity for people with records in your state, please reach out to our Deputy Director, Sonja Tonnesen at stonnesen@rootandrebound.org.