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Governor relieves Palacios of duty at DOC

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Late Wednesday afternoon, Governor Felix Camacho relieved Department of Corrections director J.B. Palacios of his duties and assigned Lieutenant Antone Aguon as acting director of the agency. In a statement Governor Camacho said he has asked the acting director to immediately review all programs pending an investigation and reevaluation of policy and procedures. 

He also added that all inmates involved in any alleged misconduct will be investigated for criminal activity and administrative violations."  

Warden Frank Crisostomo meanwhile was also placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal and criminal investigation regarding possible security violations and criminal activities.  The change in leadership comes on the heels of video produced by inmates and released to the media as well as on social media networks.  

The Guam Police Department in the meantime has been instructed to assign officers to conduct an investigation of the alleged incidences as a result of DOC's critical condition all agency manpower resources that have been assigned to other agencies and sections outside the Mangilao prison will be returned to support security operations.  

The governor has also ordered a report on DOC's condition, the alleged violations and specific recommendations be submitted with 30 days.

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