CNMI Report – Feds Cite Health Concerns at Saipan Prison for Transfer of Some Inmates to Guam


Guam – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement has raised concerns about inadequate healthcare services for federal detainees at the $20.9-million adult prison in Susupe, prompting the transfer of some inmates to Guam.

The Saipan Tribune quoted Attorney General Edward Buckingham as saying that although the operations of the detention facility re found to be appropriate, certain issues were identified regarding healthcare for detainees.

The facility is operated by the CNMI Department of Corrections. It’s not immediately known how many federal detainees have been moved or will be moved from the Susupe prison complex to Guam, as a result of ICE’s findings.

Commonwealth Healthcare Center chief executive officer Juan N. Babauta, meanwhile, separately confirmed ICE’s concerns during a recent report to the CHC board of trustees.

He said areas of concern that CHC has identified at the prison are, among others, dental services, improved medical records organization, medical consent forms, medical staffing, diabetic supplies, mental health assessment.