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DepCor contests padded cells rumor

by Nick Delgado

Guam - There's more miscommunication floating around about the Department of Corrections director J.B. Palacios' claims that they spent nearly $50,000 to gut out prison cells. The confusion during this week's status hearing was that DepCor stated the Department of Justice ordered them to install padded cells in their facility, however, the feds say that padded cells are outdated.

Palacios defends his statements regarding the four cells that were cleaned out, but Warden Frank Crisostomo says the confusion on the amount spent must have been with the other upgrades that the prison recently underwent.  "The proposed for padded cells is a total of five, one in the female unit, down at receiving and others."  He also said only a single cell had been gutted out.

In the meantime, DepCor is working with the feds to instead create safe cells.

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