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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---"Today is the day we begin to correct a wrong, said Governor Tauese. "The wrong is the housing of human beings in inhuman conditions and facilities."

Governor Tauese was addressing dignitaries and other guests attending the Groundbreaking Ceremony for a new Maximum/Minimum Security Building yesterday at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) grounds.

"When the original proposal for such a building was introduced, I believe there were 30 inmates. Now, as we break ground for this building, I'm told there are now 104 inmates," said the Governor.

The proposed building will be a one-story structure and will contain 13 minimum security cell blocks, 3 maximum security cell blocks, 2 cell blocks for immigration detention, 2 isolation cell blocks and a Day Room.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Interior's Capital Improvement Program. The construction costs will be $518,915.10 and the contract period is 180 calendar days.

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