17 Mar 2014

New staff at American Samoa prison alleviating problems

12:31 pm on 17 March 2014

The Commissioner of Public Safety in American Samoa says ten new corrections officers employed at the Territorial Correctional Facility has helped alleviate some of the problems at the prison.

Recent issues include alleged beatings, the discovery of contraband in cells and accusations of favouritism in the treatment of inmates.

The commissioner, William Haleck, says bringing in new blood has helped weed out those who were not performing according to expectations.

He says the new staff have undergone training, and so far have worked out well.

Mr Haleck says a new police academy is expected to start in the summer.

He says rigorous testing for the academy should begin in May and 20 recruits will be selected.