Parole Board policy may violate law
by Nick Delgado
Guam - A Guam Territorial Parole Board policy that limits public observation and recording of the board hearings may be in violation of the law, that's according to Public Safety Oversight Chair Senator Adolpho Palacios. The board only allows filming of the meetings if approved by the inmate up for parole or the families testifying, however, Palacios says this should not be the case as it is a government meeting.
"Except for executive session and other meetings expressly authorized by public law to be closed, no board, commission or public officer of GovGuam may prevent or deny the recording either audio and or video of any public meeting and that is a provision under the Open Government Law," he said.
Palacios says he will meet with the parole board to clear up the issue. DepCor spokesperson Lt. Antone Aguon says DepCor management will also discuss the policy issue with the board that has three new appointees.