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Reoffending Rate ‘Lowest In 10 Years’

Reoffending Rate ‘Lowest In 10 Years’
Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) Commissioner Francis Kean
August 11
10:00 2018

‘We extend our highest appreciation to all the religious organisations, rehabilitation programme providers, volunteers,…’

 

The rate of recidivism (reoffending) was pegged at 1.5 per cent in the recent financial year, from August 2017 to July 31, 2018.

This is the lowest it has been for the past 10 years.

This was revealed by Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) Commissioner Francis Kean during a press conference yesterday.

“This recidivism rate for the year ending July 31, 2018, is 1.5 per cent which is equivalent to 27 persons compared with the last reporting period which was 4.78 per cent (72 persons),” Commissioner Kean said.

“This achievement is a collective effort of all stakeholders.

“We extend our highest appreciation to all the religious organisations, rehabilitation programme providers, volunteers, the vanua, the community, private and public sector, non-government organisations that work with FCS, Government, family, friends plus the officers, men and women of the FCS.

“Similarly, we would like to commend those who have been discharged from our care and have taken on board the key messages of rehabilitation that has been imparted to them and charting a new course in life.”

Commissioner Kean said it was the mission of the nation to restore lives, especially those who have been incarcerated.

“It is imperative that we continue to work together as a team of many teams to reduce this statistic to zero,” he said.

“This calls for a whole-of-the-nation effort and we at FCS with our current stakeholders plead with those all who can make a difference in the lives of those incarcerated, to join us in our mission of restoring lives.

“In 2017, we reviewed and changed our strategy of Incare to Throughcare.

“This strategy of Throughcare means taking the delivery of rehabilitation to the doorsteps of all prisoners while they are incarcerated and also when they are discharged.

“Previously under the Incare strategy our rehabilitation efforts end at our correction centre gates.

“The Throughcare Strategy requires commitment and sacrifice from FCS personnel and I wish to commend the diligent efforts all my officers, men and women.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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