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Guam - The Department of Corrections took to the hot seat this afternoon for an oversight hearing.


DOC management noted since the last oversight hearing late last year, the department has only hired 10 new correction officers for the Mangilao compound. Director Jose San Agustin said., "Recruitment process is very lengthy on this one, its' very painful. Mr. chair I cannot even describe it, as much as we've been pushing, wanting to ask for the eligibility list, again we just ask that we respect DOA own process that I have to comply with."


He adds DOC has made progress by recruiting two more staff nurses for its infirmary with 26 corrections officers who are currently pending a drug testing. He adds the hiring of 8 more correction officers is pending a certification list from the Department of Administration. DOC's budget we should note takes into account 48 total new corrections officers.