NEW AMERICAN SAMOA SAFETY DEPARTMENT FACILITIES DEDICATED

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By Fili Sagapolutele Special to the Pacific Islands Report

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 11, 2000)--American Samoa's Department of Public Safety last week dedicated five U.S. government-funded projects worth $1.2 million.

One of the projects addresses threats made by the High Court over the last two years to jail the Police Commissioner for housing juveniles with adult inmates.

The newly constructed $440,000 Juvenile Detention Center can hold up to 48 boys and girls in separate sections.

After the High Court issued their first threat, the government housed the juveniles at a hotel at a cost of $30,000 before moving them to renovated government housing. The government plans to move the eight juveniles now in custody to the new facility in about two weeks.

Other projects dedicated are the $450,000 medium security building at the Territorial Correctional Facility, that can house up to 64 inmates, a $105,000 central holding facility at the main police station, a $140,000 police communication center with portable radios and a $40,000 drug treatment center.

The High Court ordered the government to open a treatment center to house drug violators for rehabilitation and counseling instead of placing them with the general prison population.

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