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May 9, 2021
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Hohola Juvenile Centre Temporarily Closed

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The temporary closure of the Hohola Juvenile Remand facility in Port Moresby will force young people awaiting sentencing into police cells at Laloki and Bomana Prison.

The centre is facing funding constraints.

EMTV News spoke to Sacred Heart Brothers, who have been looking after this facility.

Its closure comes at a time when there is a need to address increasing law and order problems being caused by young people.

This remand facility treated youths until they are convicted. Later, they are posted to Erap boys town in Morobe and Wewak boys town in East Sepik province.

The centre promotes and recognises fair and equitable treatment of young people arrested and detained under the Juvenile Justice Act.

Others include the Juvenile Facility at Laloki, Bomana and the recent one established in Oro Province.

This initiative is funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney General, as an avenue to promote law and justice and ensuring safer and just society for all.

Speaking off camera, a Sacred Heart brother says its temporary closure follows the directive from the management.

UNFPA Representative, Walter Filho, said through the public private partnership, non-governmental organisations such as UNICEF and UNFPA have been funding juvenile prison rehabilitation programs such as literacy training and workshops.

However, the challenge now is for the authority concerned to work in partnership with NGOs to rectify this problem.

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