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Corrections: Contraband was sneaked into prisons By MAIKA BOLATIKI Snap searches conducted at four Fiji Corrections Service centres found inmates with illegal items including mobile phones and charges. Speaking to
04 Oct 2012 11:38

Corrections: Contraband
was sneaked into prisons

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

Snap searches conducted at four Fiji Corrections Service centres found inmates with illegal items including mobile phones and charges.
Speaking to Fiji Sun yesterday Corrections media liaison officer Ana Tamani said their discovery has raised serious concerns within the Corrections department.
“We continue to discover contrabands on inmates upon our searches and these include tobacco, mobile phones, sim cards, chargers, etc,” Mrs Tamani said.
She said the snap searches were conducted at the Suva Corrections Centre and the four institutions at Naboro – maximum, medium, minimum and pre-release centres.
There has been speculation mobile phones could have been used in the recent breakout and escape by five Naboro inmates.
According to Mrs Tamani it still remained a mystery how these contraband items reach the inmates.
Under the Commissioner’s Local Orders, she said searches on inmates must be conducted to ensure the safety and security of the prison.
This is done to prevent inmates from having harmful weapons and other dangerous items, detecting possible escape attempts and breaches of security and minimising damage to prison property, among others.
What Corrections have established so far is that most of these contraband items were brought in by the visitors.
“People must realise that when contrabands are found on inmates, their privileges are taken away from them because this is a serious breach of security.”
As a result, Mrs Tamani said they have increased its search operations with more vigour.
“This is part of their efforts to tighten up security at all our institutions following the recent escape incident in Naboro.”
Mrs Tamani said some people cruised by the centres in taxis and hurled parcels over the fence to inmates who were waiting inside.
Other security strategies to be adopted include:
n two days allocated for visitations to remand inmates per week;
n fruits brought in by visitors will be eaten within the visiting area only and are not to be taken into their cells;
n only fruits will be allowed when visiting;
n number of Family Days to be reduced and only special categories of inmates will be eligible; and
n special visits allowed in circumstances such as deaths, business or for lawyers.




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