Family Breakup Big Source Of Crime: Rev Naivalu
The disintegration of family life and community has been a major contributor to crime, says Methodist Church of Fiji secretary for Christian Citizenship and Social Services Reverend Iliesa Naivalu.
Reverend Naivalu while making submissions on the Community Based–Corrections Bill 2016 said the church had accepted the fact that the highest population of inmates were Methodists.
He said family life was important in moulding young people to prevent them from getting involved in criminal activities.
He said supporting and rebuilding family ties was important to prevent inmates from committing more crime.
“Placing prisons in remote areas diminishes contacts with close relatives and undermines the family connections that can aid in restoration especially for young offenders,” he said.
“Also, maintaining community and family connections can help offenders understand the harm they’ve done and prepare them for reintegration into society.”
He said isolation maybe necessary in some rare cases but cutting off family contact could make incarceration easier for those in charge, it could make reintegration harder for those in custody.
Reverend Naivalu said the principle of participation was important for victims of crime.
However, he said victims must have the assistance of faith communities in recovering their dignity.
He said victims should be excluded from the proceedings against their offenders.
Reverend Naivalu recommended to set up the Community Based Corrections Services around 20-30 Christian counsellors to cater for both offenders, victims and their respective families.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika