The CNMI unveiled its new Manhoben Care Center, which will be its juvenile detention unit, next to the CNMI Department of Corrections in Susupe on Saipan.

Juvenile inmates have been placed in a separate section of the main facility since the Kagman facility was closed down over a decade ago due to a sinkhole outside the building. DOC Commissioner Anthony Torres said the new unit can house over 30 juveniles. Island leaders and DOC staff gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.


Anthony Torres, Commissioner of the CNMI Dept. of Corrections said, “Our Manhoben Care Center represents a pivotal and crucial step in our endeavor to foster positive change, provide guidance, and instill hope in the lives of the young individuals under our care. [It] is a place where troubled paths can be redirected and where the promise of a brighter future can take root.”

Torres told KUAM News that there currently are no juvenile inmates.