Samoa prisoners get their Christmas wish

Twenty-seven prisoners walked free from the Court room at Mulinu’u yesterday after they were granted parole.

Sixty-five prisoners applied for parole this year.

“Those who are sentenced to more than twelve months are entitled to parole after serving twelve months in prison,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe.

“Those who have been released this morning, most of them did well in prison. Nothing went wrong during their time served at Tafaigata.”

“In my experience, the people who always take this opportunity as another chance are the life-timers, those are the people when they are released on bail they never re-offend.”

Those given life sentences are eligible for parole after serving 10 years in prison.

The parole board consists of five members.

It is chaired by His Honour the Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, Chief Executive Officer of the MJCA Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe, the acting Police Commissioner, Talaimanu Nafoi, Kalita Tufi and Papali’i Dr. Samuelu Petaia.

Most of the applicants were convicted for burglary and theft.


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