Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Visits Experiential-Based Treatment Program for Hawaiʻi Youth Facing Incarceration
This morning in Kaneʻohe, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) toured the Marimed Foundation’s campus, farm, and ship to learn about the organization’s experiential-based therapy as an alternative to incarceration for court appointed juveniles in Windward Oʻahu. The young men enrolled in the program learn to farm, fish, and sail, work as a member of a team, and develop life skills, while earning school credits. Many of them have their sights set on attending college, teaching, farming, or serving in the military—opportunities they had never considered possible.
An advocate for criminal justice reform, focusing on prevention, reduced recidivism, and treatment, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is working with the Marimed Foundation and other treatment-based programs to expand their access and reach, prevent our youth from being sent away to the mainland for treatment, and to help eliminate the existing barriers that make it difficult for our keiki to receive the help and support they need.
Photos from the Marimed Foundation visit are available here for download. NOTE: To protect their privacy, photos of the Marimed Foundation cadets have been intentionally omitted.