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2 federal inmates want Corrections to produce SOP regarding prisoners

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TWO federal inmates — Francisco N. Basa and Edward P. Blas — have requested the District Court for the NMI to order the CNMI Department of Corrections to produce and issue them standard operating procedures regarding rules, regulations, privileges and status of prisoners.

Basa and Blas, who are serving jail time on Guam, have asked the federal court recently for a protective order, saying that they fear potential retaliation from the defendants they sued for allegedly violating their constitutional rights.

Basa and Blas, in a handwritten complaint, named as defendants Don Hall and Alfred Celis of the U.S. Marshals Service-Saipan, CNMI Department of Corrections officials Georgia Cabrera, Jose K. Pangelinan, Maria Aldan, Raymond Mafnas and Vince Attao, an unnamed senator, and an unnamed Saipan food service contractor.

Basa and Blas are alleging negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as violations of their First, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendment rights. They are demanding an award of damages.

A third inmate, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, a Muslim, sued the same defendants, alleging he was fed pork at CNMI Corrections, violating his religious rights.

The three inmates are also accusing the U.S. Marshals Service of illegally transferring them to Guam Department of Corrections from Saipan amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The federal court has not issued a ruling on the inmates’ complaints.

The federal court had revoked Basa’s supervised release several times in the past for his violations of probation conditions.

In June 2020, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona revoked the supervised release of Basa for probation violation and sentenced him to 11 months’ imprisonment and 18 months of supervised release. He was cited for using ice.

As for Blas, he was sentenced by Judge Manglona in July 2018 to 14 months’ imprisonment and 27 months of supervised release for violations of probation. While intoxicated, Blas punched his wife.

He is a registered sex offender and has previous convictions in  local and federal courts.

As for Islam, in 2018 he was sentenced by the federal court to serve 18 months in prison for his involvement in an illegal labor scheme. He began serving his sentence at the CNMI Corrections in January 2020.

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