4 Jul 2017

Crime wave boosts CNMI prison numbers

From , 5:04 am on 4 July 2017

There's been an explosion in the number of people behind bars in the Northern Marianas and the authorities want more staff to deal with it.

Petty crime to feed illicit drug use is thought to be behind the increase.

Our correspondent in Northern Marianas Mark Rabago told Sally Round tourists are also falling victim to the crime wave.

Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

Saipan in the Northern Marianas. Photo: Supplied