VIDEO: 15 Year Consent Decree Over CNMI Prison Lifted

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Saipan – U.S. District Court for the NMI yesterday terminated the 15-year-old consent decree between the CNMI government and the U.S. Department of Justice that resolved prison conditions in the Commonwealth.

In a report from the Saipan Tribune, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said she is fully satisfied with her review of the final joint consent decree report and commended everyone for all their efforts.

The U.S. government sued the CNMI on Feb. 23, 1999, and two days later, DOC and the CNMI entered into a consent decree.

The aims of the consent decree was to improve the conditions of the CNMI’s detention institutions that were deemed to violate the civil rights of those detained at the facilities, and to safeguard against future violations.