by Nick Delgado
Guam - The federal government must pay or transfer FAS inmates to a federal prison system. That's the concern in a letter from Vice Speaker Bj Cruz to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta. Cruz states Guam received only $1.6 million in compact impact grants for DEPCOR since 2004, but racks up a $7 million annual bill to house FAS citizens in Guam's prison.
DEPCOR spokesperson Lt. Antone Aguon says the agency supports the senator's efforts. "We do have a serous overcrowding problem here, and the FAS inmates do cost the government a lot of money, so we welcome Senator Cruz efforts to assist us in anyway possible, the decision to send them to federal is something beyond our directors decision," he said.
Aguon says more than 170 inmates today are foreigners. Cruz also states deportation would not be enough to address the burden imposed on the community.