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5 inmates want their money back from prison store

FIVE inmates have asked the federal court to look into the Department of Corrections’ prison store or commissary.

Luis C. Babauta, Francisco Q. Guerrero, Joaquin R. Lizama, Manases Masga Manglona, and Reynaldo Manila each sent a letter to District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona. They are alleging that Corrections will not return to them the money in their commissary accounts despite the fact that the prison store has been closed since July 2019.

According to the inmates, even though the commissary is already closed, officers continue to accept money deposits from the prisoners’ family members and friends.

The inmates also alleged that Corrections officials do not want to release their money deposited in the commissary.

Judge Manglona has treated the letters of the inmates as civil rights complaints.

She said the inmates “have stated cognizable and non-frivolous claim for a violation of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

But she said the complaints of the inmates did not indicate which officials or entities they intend to name as defendants and what relief they seek.

The judge ordered the inmates to amend their complaints and to include the names of the individuals and or entities they are suing, and the relief sought.

She also instructed the inmates to file a request to proceed in forma pauperis if they want to proceed without paying for court filing fees.

Judge Manglona said the “plaintiffs may file an amended complaint by placing it in the prisoner mail at [Corrections] on or before December 30, 2019. Failure to do so will result in the dismissal of this case.”

Variety was unable to get a comment from Corrections.