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Support prisons efforts to clean up contraband

While locked up behind prison walls, some inmates continue to enjoy themselves by using mobile phones sneaked in to them. Surely this must not only be a grave concern to
07 Oct 2012 08:53

While locked up behind prison walls, some inmates continue to enjoy themselves by using mobile phones sneaked in to them.
Surely this must not only be a grave concern to the Fiji Corrections Service but to the nation as a whole.
In the recent snap searches carried out at the Suva Correction Centre and the four institutions at Naboro – Maximum, Medium, Minimum and Pre-Release centre, contrabands found included tobacco, mobile phones, sim cards and chargers just to name a few.
Carrying out searches on inmates is part of standard operating procedures at FCS.
Under the Commissioner’s Local Orders, searches of inmates are to ensure the safety and security of the prison by preventing inmates from having weapons and other dangerous items; detecting possible escape attempts and breaches of security; minimising damage to prison property among others.
What FCS has established is that most of these contrabands are brought in by visitors themselves.
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.
Realistically this is a very sad situation and it must be addressed quickly.
We all agree that there are a number of ways prison inmates smuggle contraband into prisons.
The contraband issue highlights a problem that FCS officers face daily.
Despite the security measures put in place visitors and inmates are finding ways to smuggle contraband into prisons.
FCS has put in a lot of programmes to help inmates have a brighter future upon release from prison.
Some are now employed by some companies while awaiting their release.
Workshops have been organised for inmates to develop their skills.
Their rehabilitation programme is very effective.
While FCS is trying its best to rehabilitate inmates, some from outside the prison walls are doing the opposite.
We must help the Fiji Corrections Service in its fight against contraband.
It is a fact that smugglers find creative ways to move contraband into the walls of the prisons but they should be reminded they are not helping the inmates.




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