DOC warden accused of retaliation

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With a hearing on inhumane living conditions at the Hagatna Detention facility only hours away, a supplemental declaration filed in District Court places DOC Warden Allen Borja in the spotlight, accusing him of making threats against the eight federal inmates/detainees who lodged the complaint.

The supplemental declaration states the Department of Corrections leadership met with the federal inmates/detainees on several occasions since the declaration was filed on Thursday leaving the prisoners feeling intimidated.

The supplemental declaration states that Warden Borja threatened the inmates/detainees with the loss of privileges, a perceived “sign of clear retaliation by the DOC leadership.”

Borja is accused of telling them “they should be ashamed of themselves…going on to say “that about 20-25 years ago, other inmates tried to pull something like this, and they are all dead now.”

Federal Public Defender John Gorman, in response, stated:  “It is unclear what the warden meant by this comment, but several of the inmates took this statement as a direct threat.”

Gorman also states the warden threatened to load them onto a DOC bus and transport them to the maximum security unit at the main facility. While this was not carried out, Gorman says that the threat “still lingers.”

At this same meeting, Gorman says the warden told the inmates, “you better not come to me with any medical issues unless you’re dying.”

He also said the warden would be taking away all the weekend visitation privileges beginning March 3.

A hearing on the inhumane conditions at the Hagatna Detention Facility is set for this afternoon at 1:30.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.