The new Tanumalala Prison should be dedicated by October or early November.
So announced the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, following an inspection of the site last week.
The Minister was there with the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Committee during the site visit.
The facility will include six cell blocks with four for male inmates, one for women, one for custody and a facility to hold high risk detainees.
This does not include administration building for prison staff, a medical clinic as well as a chapel with a high security fence also in the pipeline.
The Tanumalala Prison is funded by a loan from the Unit Trust of Samoa, which will be repaid by funds from the Ministry of Police and Prisons Budget.