20 Jun 2009

Samoa's Associate Minister of Police and Prisons calls for a new jail

10:19 am on 20 June 2009

Samoa's Associate Minister of Police and Prisons, has called for a new jail.

Papali'i Samuelu Petaia said inmates escaping from prison more regularly was an indication that a new and better jail is needed.

The Associate Minister also raised concerns about the number of people using drugs.

He is worried about the impact on health from the increased use of drugs.

He questioned if a drug enforcement unit can be established within the police ministry.

Papali'i supports the separation of the Police and the Prisons.

He said establishing prisons as an independent entity would save Police much work.

Forty-one prisoners walked out of prison earlier in the year and took a bus to the Prime Minister's office to protest prison conditions.

Meanwhile, a convicted killer, who escaped two months ago and recaptured this week, has again escaped.