OVERCROWDED TAHITI PRISON TO BE REPLACED

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New facility to be built by 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 3, 2011) – The French authorities say a new prison in French Polynesia will be ready by 2016.

A senior official has visited Tahiti to talk about setting up the new jail in Papeari in rural Tahiti.

This comes as the Nuutania jail continues to be the most crowded prison run by France.

It has 61 places but more than 250 inmates.

[PIR editor’s note: According to the International Center for Prison Studies, between three institutions in French Polynesia, there were 404 individuals total in the prison population, including detainees awaiting trial and remand prisoners.]

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