Senator’s International Prisoner Transfer Program passes through budget law
September 10, 2012
Governor Calvo commends Sen. Sam Mabini for the passage of her International Prisoner Transfer Program in the FY2013 budget act.
“We don’t have the resources or the time to deal with criminals from another country,” Governor Calvo said. “Sen. Mabini is solving a major, growing problem in our community. I thank her for her forward thinking and for her solutions-oriented attitude.”
Below you can find details of this new law in a release sent by Sen. Mabini’s office earlier this morning:
September 10, 2012
Governor Calvo Signs International Prisoner Transfer Program into Law
HAGATNA, Guam — Bill 469-31, introduced by Senator Mabini, Ph.D,  was signed into law on September 7, 2012 by Governor Eddie Baza Calvo as an amendment to Bill 426-31 (the “FY 2013 Budget Bill”).
Bill 469-31 implements the International Prisoner Transfer Program on Guam administered by the Criminal Division of U.S. Department of Justice.
Neighboring Pacific islands and Asian countries already participate in the program including the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Tonga. The measure will bring Guam in line with the CNMI, Puerto Rico and the 50 states who are participating members as well.
“It is vitally important that our government take the necessary steps to incorporate mechanism that will save much needed funds. By implementing this program, the government can save a substantial amount by transferring those serving sentences on Guam to their home of origin,” says Mabini. “I applaud the Governor and my colleagues in supporting this measure.”
The program would also help reduce the population of the DOC adult detention facilities by transferring non-U.S citizens to their home of origin. This also helps alleviate the significant financial stress on the agency, aids in the rehabilitation of offenders, promote improved operations and safety resulting from the decrease of the detainee population.
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