Wainibuka Challenged to Support Ex-offenders
Let’s not judge them for they have served their time, says ACP Rusiate Tudravu.
People from the Wainibuka district gathered on Tuesday at the Wainibuka District School grounds to witness the official launch of the Yellow Ribbon Project in the district.
Chief guest and Police chief of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu challenged the people of Wainibuka to support the Yellow Ribbon initiative.
He thanked the chiefs, elders, youths, women and children for showing their support for the Yellow Ribbon Project.
“I am very proud and that you all turned up to witness this special occasion,” ACP Tudravu said.
“I plead with you all today to think of our fellow brothers and sisters who are serving time behind bars. Let’s not judge them for they’re already serving their time or the crimes they had committed.”
ACP Tudravu said he was grateful that the Fiji Corrections Service had moved away from the concept of containment to one of corrections.
“Ex-offenders are now doing well in their various communities because of the skills that they have acquired from within the institutions.”
He said they needed to be given a chance when they were released and helped to become productive citizens.
ACP Tudravu also challenged the various church denominations to play an active role in the counselling of ex-offenders in their respective communities.
“We all have a part to play in the successful re-integration of ex-offenders.”
There are currently 1257 iTaukei inmates in the 13 corrections institutions around the country and out of that, 19 inmates are from Wainibuka.
The last Yellow Ribbon launch for 2015 will be held at Savusavu on October 29.
Fiiji Corrections Service