Ground breaking ceremony for new prison


(M.P.M.C. Press Secretary); the ground breaking ceremony to commence construction of the new prison premises at Tanumalala took place this morning.
This project is to modernize and improve prison facilities to accommodate the detainment of prisoners in Samoa.
Chairman of the Samoa Council of Churches, Kasiano Leaupepe lead the invocation before the Honorable Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi delivered the keynote address.
The ceremony was attended by Cabinet members, Chief Justice Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Sapolu and Members of the Judiciary, Members of the Diplomatic Corp and invited guests.
“The Project is funded by the Government of Samoa and will utilize approximately 30 acres of the total 550 acres that was approved by the Government of Samoa for the entire Project.
The rest of the land will be utilized for farming and vocational programs,” said Tuilaepa.
“I want to thank the Government of Japan through its Ambassador, Shinya Aoki for the funding to build a proper and secure perimeter fence for the new prison premises.”
This new purpose built Prison Facility will replace the existing Tafaigata Prison, which has limited holding capacity, deteriorating housing, according to the Prime Minister.
“The priority of the Government is to improve safety measures in Samoa and to protect the public through the enhancement of crime prevention, secure prison facility and culturally appropriate prisoner management.
“The new Tanumalala Prison will hold 720 prisoners; 480 sentenced prisoners, 120 female prisoners and 120 custody prisoners. These facilities will hold prisoners according to their security classification such as maximum, medium and low risks prisoners.”
The Prime Minister also acknowledged the assistance by the key personnel from the Government Ministries and Corporations for this project.
“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of all organisations that have assisted the Ministry in making this Project possible.
“I am fully convinced that the work we are laying today is the cornerstone of developing a new era of prisoner management in Samoa as we lead the Pacific in corrections security and rehabilitation of prisoners.”