1 Oct 2019

New jail wall planned in American Samoa

2:10 pm on 1 October 2019

In the wake off several recent prison breaks in American Samoa, the governor has announced plans for a new security wall around the Territorial Correctional Facility.

American Samoa has opened a new detention facility at the Territorial Correctional Facility.

American Samoa's Territorial Correctional Facility. Photo: RNZI Monica Miller

Lolo Matalasi Maliga said the government had looked at what needed to be done to keep inmates from escaping.

He said its decision was for a concrete wall around the jail to replace the current steel fence.

The bill to authorise spending on a new jail wall is expected to be submitted to the Fono later this week.