Hole found in DOC fence

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DOC Deputy Director Kate Baltazar says the hole could also be due to natural wear and tear.

Guam – The Department of Corrections has launched an investigation into a hole found in the perimeter fence.

DOC Deputy Director Kate Baltazar said, “as you know the Department of Corrections has several layers of fencing. This particular perforation was discovered in an inner fence line by our Special Ops, our Special Operations Response Team during a perimeter check.”

Perimeter checks are done fairly frequently and according to Baltazar, the hole was found in the early evening on July 8.

“We can’t speculate at this time. We are not ruling anything out even though it is an inner fence. We are taking it very seriously. It’s not a very large perforation it could be anything,” she said.

The Department of Corrections is an old facility and Baltazar says it could be wear and tear.

She adds, “We have not found any contraband. We have not had any other incidents with inmates or detainees due to this perforation in the fence. We do have our camera systems operable always including the 360 camera.”

The prison recently installed 16 cameras, including a 360 camera with a bird’s eye view.  This is not the first time a hole in the fence was discovered. In March of 2013, DOC was placed on lockdown following the discovery of a 12 inch by 12 inch hole in the perimeter fence located on backside of the domes.

Unlike that incident, Baltazar says DOC is fairly confident that the hole is an infrastructure issue. Baltazar confirms that an internal investigation is underway. She adds that arrangements to repair the hole have been made.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.