20 Jul 2006

Samoan to build first juvenile centre

3:06 pm on 20 July 2006

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has told parliament that the government has allocated 200 acres of land to build a juvenile rehabilitation centre.

The prime minister says that the land is owned by the Samoa Trust Estates Corporation.

He says the centre will be just the same as juvenile centres overseas, and will also provide many rehabilitation programs.

Tuila'epa says there is currently no place in Samoa for young offenders, and he says to have young offenders serving their sentence with hard criminals will only make things worse.

A police academy has also been planned to be constructed on the 200 acre land at Mulifanua close to Faleolo International airport.