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Public hearing focuses on various DOC issues

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SEN. Adolpho Palacios, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Judiciary, yesterday expressed concerns over matters pertaining to the Department of Corrections, including its decision to move the director’s office out of the DNA building and transfer it to the Mangilao compound.

But DOC spokesman Lt. Antone Aguon said in this time of austerity when every dollar counts, DOC is doing the best with what’s provided.

Also discussed was the status of inmates receiving medical service and getting medication.

Palacios said he has received word of inmates not getting the proper service for their medication.

But Aguon assured the senator that they have a system in place for the inmates to get their medication.

As for medical service, Aguon admitted DOC only has a part-time doctor. But he assured that the agency is working on getting someone full-time as part of the stipulation order imposed on DOC back in 1991.

“We are working on that,” Aguon said. “We are also working on getting nurses because our nurses right now are on contract.”

The department had a full-time nurse, but Aguon said she resigned more than a year ago. Aguon said they are releasing an announcement for a full-time nursing position next week.

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