Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has received and approved the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, a monumental step towards the structural transformation of Guam’s sole public prison system. The master plan was federally funded and supported by the Office of Insular Affairs of the Department of the Interior.
“The Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan was compiled by the Department of Corrections and provides a strategic overview of short and long-term upgrades that will guide the overall construction and development of the new correctional facility on the existing property,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “This forward-thinking vision enhances security and safety for the prison population, staff, and our community, and will also improve programs for rehabilitation.”
“We’re looking to expand behavioral and mental health programs, lower costs for medical services, and develop programs for vocational skills training, all of which will aid the eventual reintegration of inmates back into our community to lead productive lives and reduce the longstanding problem of recidivism,” added Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “This plan will ensure that DOC meets its mission of operating a safe, secure, and humane correctional system well into the future.”
As the first comprehensive plan pursued by DOC since its establishment, there will be 10 phases comprising 80 years of continued development through the year 2100. The first and largest phase covers the foundation of the new facility and includes major infrastructural improvements. This phase will also address reducing the introduction of contraband, utilizing new camera systems, increasing video conferencing access to court hearings and visitation, increasing bed capacity, lowering operational costs, and meeting Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) requirements.
DOC facilities currently require constant structural repair, plumbing, and electrical maintenance, and security locking system support. Temporary mitigation measures have been historically implemented, but the current state of the correctional facility compromises the safety and security of inmates, staff, and the surrounding community. The master plan targets problem areas for modern transformation and will contemporize current offerings, including classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs and attorney-client meeting rooms. There also are plans for a staff training room, wellness center, locker room, and control center, among other amenities.
DOC will work with the Office of the Governor, the Guam Legislature, Guam Economic Development Authority, Department of Public Works, and other essential stakeholders in identifying funding to build the future correctional facility.
To hear more about the DOC Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, click here.