27 Feb 2009

US criticises prison conditions in Samoa

8:32 pm on 27 February 2009

The United States has criticised conditions in prisons in Samoa.

The State Department's 2008 report on human rights says prison conditions are poor, especially for male inmates.

It says some prison facilities are nearly 100 years old and only basic provisions are made for food, water, and sanitation.

The report says the cells, which hold up to 15 inmates, do not have toilets and almost no lighting, while ventilation is poor and the floors are mostly gravel.

It is also critical of some juveniles being treated as adults.

The report also raised concerns about the level of physical abuse of women in the home, saying such abuse is common.