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Yellow Ribbon ‘stays’

By MAIKA BOLATIKI The Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) has confirmed that the Yellow Ribbon programme will not be reviewed following the prison break incident a fortnight ago. Amid the questions
30 Sep 2012 09:25

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

The Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) has confirmed that the Yellow Ribbon programme will not be reviewed following the prison break incident a fortnight ago.
Amid the questions raised about the credibility of the Yellow Ribbon programme, Corrections spokesperson Ana Tamani said the Yellow Ribbon would remain as part of the their programmes.
“Our awareness on Yellow Ribbon has continued without fail including the rehabilitation programmes for inmates.”
Last week, they conducted a Yellow Ribbon awareness in Valelevu, Suva, during the Corrections pride activity.
On Friday two FCS senior officers were creating awareness in Nabukavesi Memorial School.
“We have a 10 km YRP Fun Run and launch scheduled for October 13.”
She said the event would be part of the department’s community engagement in trying to gain support in giving offenders a second chance.
“We are also now focusing our Yellow Ribbon awareness in what we term ‘red zone’ areas including Newtown, Kalekana, Wailekutu and Tamavua-i-wai. These are areas where most inmates come from and where crime is prevalent.”
Last week alone 16 programmes were conducted on 200 inmates at various centres including Suva, Nasinu, Labasa, Women’s, Lautoka, Ba, Maximum and Medium Corrections Centres.
This week there was also a visit to ex-offenders who applied for funds under our Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) to help them start a new life.
“We are also continuing our visits and monitoring inmates who have been discharged.”
She said the review was focused on their security at all 12 Corrections centres to ensure no repetition of another prison break.




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