Inmate’s complaint of maltreatment dismissed

The U.S. District Court for the NMI dismissed with prejudice a complaint of an inmate who alleged maltreatment and inhumane conditions at the Department of Corrections.

Dismissal with prejudice means Jesse James Babauta Camacho can no longer re-file his complaint in court.
Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona closed the case.

Last Sept. 18, the court dismissed Camacho’s complaint, but gave him 30 days to amend it. That same day, the court’s clerk mailed the dismissal order to Camacho at the DOC.

More than 30 days have passed, and an amended complaint has not been filed.

Camacho filed the complaint pro se or without a lawyer. He complained that there is no physician or nurse at DOC, medicines are inconsistent and missing, inmates get skin diseases from their uniforms because of how the washers clean the uniforms, among other things.

The court allowed Camacho to amend his complaint last year as he never named which officials he was suing.
Camacho also filed a separate complaint, claiming that he is now a disabled person after he underwent heart surgery in November 2017. He blamed a DOC official and a DOC officer for allegedly causing the delay in his medical treatment.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com
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