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DepCor banning electronic device for inmates

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - While the Department of Corrections continues its investigation to determine how three cell phones and a wireless modem made it into the Mangilao Detention Facility, DepCor Director J.B. Palacios says the agency has made a few policy changes to ensure the incident doesn't happen again.

Bruno Simmons and another inmate were caught with the electronic devices after the department received intelligence from the population about the two using them.  Not only did DepCor officials discover that Simmons had access to the Internet, but that he created an account on Facebook. Palacios says all visitors are now prohibited from bringing in any electronic devices when entering the facility.

"Officers are to log in their cell phones with the Central Control and also the Central Control is to lock out when those officers leave," the director said.

While at least nine officers are being investigated for having some sort of involvement in the incident, Palacios adds that all officers must now remain at their perimeter assignments and will not be allowed to congregate at any one location.

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