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New acting director: investigation 'top priority'

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The new acting director at the Department of Corrections says he will spend the next few weeks wrapping up an investigation into an inmate produced video that was leaked to the media. The governor relieved Jose Palacios of his duties as director following the release of the video and ordered a complete investigation of the movie that was produced on a laptop.

Lieutenant Antone Aguon says the investigation is a main priority as Governor Felix Camacho ordered that a report be given to him in 30 days.  The acting director says staffers were also placed on an eight-hour shift in an effort to reduce overtime. "By shifting to that shift alone should reduce the cost of overtime plus by reassigning personnel into the facility. I reassigned everyone from internal affairs are back in there and even part of the governor's order is to reassign everyone back inside to assist with the operations back in the main facility," he said.

Captain Jesse Ttupaz and Captain Marie Borja have been assigned to the Mangilao facility while Warden Francisco Crisostomo and Operations Commander Joseph Lujan remain on administrative leave.

Meanwhile, Aguon says he's also working to utilize $400,000 from a federal grant to pay out several pay periods of overtime to the officers.

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