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Second Chance For Inmates

More businesses should think about giving inmates second chances and employing them, says Labasa businessman Nazim Shah. “We should welcome them back to the community free of discrimination,” he said.
24 Dec 2014 12:40
Second Chance For Inmates
Nazim Shah (left), and inmate Toa Turagacati serving a customer at the Jim’s Service Station in Labasa. Photo: Siliva Cawaru

More businesses should think about giving inmates second chances and employing them, says Labasa businessman Nazim Shah.

“We should welcome them back to the community free of discrimination,” he said.

Mr Shah is the owner of the Jim’s Service Station and Superstore at Vulovi, Labasa.

He employs four inmates from the Labasa Corrections Centre.

“I have no regrets in employing them. Trust is the most important thing you should have between yourself and our fellow inmates,” Mr Shah said.

“I trust them to do their work with dignity and order whilst also handling money in the process.

“I am thankful to the Fiji Corrections Service and Government for helping me in my business and installing this Yellow Ribbon Programme that helps give second chances to inmates,” Mr Shah said.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Toa Turagacati, one of the inmates, thanked Mr Shah for his help.

“The money I earn would help me when I get discharged in 2017. I like the feeling of looking forward to right my wrongs and start over in the near future,” Turagacati said.

“Being given an opportunity to work at a superstore and handling a lot of money, I thank Mr Shah for the trust,” he said.

Mr Turagacati has been employed for more than a year now at Jim’s Service Station with three other inmates.

Feedback: siliva.cawaru@fijisun.com.fj

 

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