DOC welcomes assessment of safety policies and PREA standards

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Guam – Sen. Telena Nelson wants a Department of Justice review of the agency and wrote to acting US Attorney Shawn Anderson to make that request the same day that Lamorena wrote to Speaker Cruz seeking Nelson’s removal.

DOC Director Lamorena, however, says their facility has been assessed in recent weeks but it’s not clear what prompted that assessment.

“We’re not saying we’re perfect, and so that’s why we brought these consultants in, so they can look at our policies, they can look at our procedures and look at our facility because really, the facility makes a big difference on how to best address a situation,” stated the director.

The findings of the report have not been received as the assessment concluded on March 1, 2018, after one week of looking into the practices and procedures surrounding safety and compliance with PREA standards.

“We welcome it, amazingly enough a couple of weeks ago, we had some consultants from the PREA, which is the Prison Rape Elimination Act  and so we had two consultants here on island to work with us,” shared Lamorena.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act is intended to deter the sexual assault of prisoners. As you may recall in the murder of detainee Manson Ernest, one of the defendants is charged with criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly digitally penetrated him.

According to the Lamorena, the assessment was at the request of DOC and was made a reality after eight months of coordination with Hawaii Bureau of Prisons and Department of Justice.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.