A search is still underway for a second inmate who failed to return from a work furlough program at Oahu Community Correctional Center.
Alan Abihai was previously convicted of sex assault, kidnapping and attempted murder charges and failed to return to the prison on Tuesday.
At a senate hearing Wednesday, Sen. Will Espero questioned why Abihai was eligible for the furlough program given the seriousness of his crimes.
"That's a tough call," said Ted Sakai, Director of the Department of Public Safety. "He came in 1985. So, while the crimes were very serious -- we acknowledge that they were old."
"The parole board is the body that makes the decision as to whether they should have it and the parole board deemed 'Yes, maybe we should give him another chance,'" said Sakai.
Abihai has yet to turn himself into authorities.