Concerns of unequal & unfair treatment of Terminally Ill Prisoner David E. Tautua who died on November 22, 2014 at the Halawa Prison

Posted on December 4, 2014

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No parent expects to out live a child or that a mother would  have to lay their deceased child to rest. But in the case of Caroline Napaepae Tautua it is not only the heartbreak and hardship  of a very untimely and unexpected death of her son David E. Tautua. This mother of Hawaiian descent, claimed after she tried  to locate her son David and was denied information and access, after more than a month of calling Arizona, she tried to call her son to only find out a month later that her Hawaiian – Samoan Son David had been returned to Hawaii. Caroline then tried to see her son after being denied information and access, to have her hopes shattered, and now the reality of funeral arrangements, and many unanswered questions of how at the end of a day, after spending hours at the Halawa Prison,  being denied the right to see her son, going home and receiving a call from the Halawa  Prison Authorities that her son is now deceased.

 

David Edward Tautua died inside Halawa Prison, his Mom Caroline states "She was denied information access and last opportunity to see her son," after spending entire day at the Prison, only to return home and receive a phone call from the Halawa Prison Authorities that her son David died of Cancer on that same day , Nov 22, 2014.

David Edward Tautua died inside Halawa Prison, his Mom Caroline states “She was denied information access and last opportunity to see her son,” after spending entire day at the Prison, only to return home and receive a phone call from the Halawa Prison Authorities that her son David died of Cancer on that same day , Nov 22, 2014.

According to his mother Caroline Tautua  her son David Edward Tautua, age 50, died inside Halawa Prison on Saturday Nov. 22, 2014 .   David Edward Tautua,  Mom,  Caroline stated to me that “She was denied information,  access and  the last opportunity to see her son alive,” after spending the entire day at the Halawa Prison on Nov 22, 2014.  Caroline said  she had no idea that her son was terminally ill with Cancer, and that it would have been the only chance to see him alive, when she left the prison that day “only to return home and receive a phone call around 6 pm that same evening, from the Halawa Prison Authorities that my son David Tautua has died of Cancer. ”

David E. Tautua is survived by son Kawika, daughter Keana, mother Caroline K. Napaepae Tautua and sisters Laurie, Primrose and Silivelia. The memorial will be held as a Celebration of life with visitation starting at 5 p.m. Friday  Dec. 5 , 2014 at  the Moanalua Mortuary. Services at 6 p.m. Casual or aloha attire is requested.

We have made a request to Senator Will Espero for a full investigation of the procedures and practices of the Hawaii Prison System and what the Tautua family believes is despair, unequal and unfair treatment to David Tautua a  prisoner of Color, who was found to be Terminally Ill and died in Halawa Prison of Cancer.   We have asked for an immediate update from Senator Espero on this type of unequal practices, especially after the Senator who recently brought up questions after the release of a high profile White Male, James Pflueger who was granted a medical release so that Pflueger can be under the direct care of his own specialist physicians.  We now ask Senator Espero to investigate the disparity, concerns of unequal & unfair treatment of Terminally Ill Prisoner David E. Tautua  a Hawaiian – Samoan, who died on November 22, 2014 at the Halawa Prison on the heels of the release of Prisoner James Pflueger.

We share this story, in hopes to shed some light what is a despair, unequal System & the unfair treatment of Terminally Ill Prisoners of color, and on how Hawaii’s Public Safety Director Ted Sakai makes decisions with the Attorney General David Louie in regards to Hawaii’s prison population and Ill Prisoners and their release and Medical treatment.

Caroline stated is was already hard to be separated from her son who was sent to Arizona  to serve his sentence and to not be able to have visitations, a hardship many of Hawaii’s prison population and family experience, especially prisoners of Hawaiian, Samoan and other minorities of color experience due to a higher rate of prosecution, convictions and imprisonment and then separation from their family to another state to serve their terms.

We will be following this story. Article by Tina Quizon

UPDATE: read more of the story with video by Hawaii News Now – Anchor Tim Sakahara: 

“Deceased inmate’s family questions why he wasn’t medically released”

Posted: Dec 08, 2014 6:38 PM HSTUpdated: Dec 08, 2014 6:48 PM HST

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/27579969/deceased-inmates-family-questions-why-he-wasnt-medically-released

 

 

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