Senator McCreadie responds to findings on Guam's prison
The following is a statement from Senator Brant McCreadie regarding OPA Report 14-06: Department of Corrections Prisoner Capacity Planning.
“Throughout this term, I have worked diligently to make the needs of Guam’s sole correctional facility a priority. I introduced two bills aimed at constructing a new correctional facility, which were unfortunately not heard on session floor. The recent report published by Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks highlights most of the same issues that I have time and again tried to get resolved through the construction of a new correctional facility. For years, DOC has struggled with severe overcrowding and lack of planning due to the extreme inefficiencies contained in their aging housing units.
The Legislature needs to act now. Guam needs a facility that ensure officer and community safety, has adequate space for the incarceration of current and future inmates and detainees, and contains facilities for medical, rehabilitative and educational programs to reduce recidivism and promote reintegration into society. The first bill I will introduce in the 33rd Guam Legislature will be to construct this much needed facility for not only the Department, but the entire community.”
As stated above, Senator McCreadie’s first bill upon inauguration into the 33rd Guam Legislature will be aimed at once and for all constructing a new, safe and modern correctional facility. It was during his first tour in 2013 that he saw first hand the extreme deficiencies at DOC. As such, and in anticipation of the bill’s introduction, Senator McCreadie will be conducting a follow up tour of DOC on January 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Senator McCreadie extends an invitation to Governor Eddie Calvo, Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio, members of the 33rd Guam Legislature, incoming Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks, the Chief of Police, and administrators from the Guam Economic Development Authority, the Judiciary of Guam and other government agencies, as well as the media, to join him on this tour. Senator McCreadie will also be hosting a roundtable discussion on January 14, 2015 at his office to further discuss the conditions at DOC. Any parties interested in attending the site visit must contact Senator McCreadie’s office at the information below to obtain clearance from DOC. Parties interested in attending the roundtable discussion are also encouraged to confirm attendance with the Senator’s office.
You can download a copy of the report from the Office of Public Accountability Website at http://www.guamopa.org/.