Aerial photograph of ʻAtā island, on the top right corner.

ʻAtā is a small island in the Tongatapu group of Tonga. It has been used since 2001[1] as an open prison for Tongan criminals, especially young people.[2] In 2002, there were seven prisoners on the island, who grew yams, coconuts, manioc, and bananas to pay for their expenses.[2]


  1. ^ "'Atā, prison island for children". Matangitonga. 29 August 2002. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Fickling, David (14 November 2002). "Youth jail on paradise island". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

Coordinates: 21°03′21″S 175°00′08″W / 21.05583°S 175.00218°W / -21.05583; -175.00218

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