Guam – Senator Brant McCreadie has issued a statement expressing concern about a Freedom of Information Request [FOIA] sent to the Guam Department of Corrections by Attorney David Lujan.
The FOIA request from Lujan is dated July 8th. Lujan writes that he is representing a client whose name has been redacted. The attorney seeks confirmation on the number of inmates housed at the prison on various dates from 2009 until June 30th of this year.
Lujan also seeks information about the number of guards and the costs per inmate.
In his Release [see below], Senator McCreadie expresses “extreme concern” about the FOIA request which he says “are indicative of the increased potential for lawsuits to be filed against the Department, lawsuits which have the potential to cost the government of Guam millions of dollars,” he writes.
READ the release from Senator McCreadie below:
Senator McCreadie extremely concerned with FOIA requests at Department of Corrections.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2014
The following is a statement from Senator McCreadie regarding the Freedom of Information Requests made to the Department of Corrections.
“Today I sent a letter to Speaker Won Pat regarding freedom of information requests received by the Department of Corrections, which request information regarding the conditions at DOC. For the past year, I have maintained that Guam is in dire need of a new correctional facility. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of action on Bill 172-32, which would provide comprehensive authority to the government of Guam to properly construct a new facility.
These freedom of information requests are indicative of the increased potential for lawsuits to be filed against the Department, lawsuits which have the potential to cost the government of Guam millions of dollars. The construction of a new, state of the art facility will reduce overcrowding, better manage the corrections officers on duty, provide the necessary facilities for therapeutic and rehabilitative programs, and will ultimately help eliminate the cloud of federal receivership and significantly reduce the potential for lawsuits to be brought against the Department.
It is imperative that we replace inaction with action with regards to Bill 172-32, and that it be heard on session floor as soon as possible. A new facility will reduce the potential for lawsuits which will save the government money, and, most importantly, it will ensure the safety of the people of Guam. We can no longer wait.”