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Increase In Repeat Inmates, Vasu Tells

The Fiji Corrections Service has identified an increase in recidivists in the first quarter of this year. Recidivists are inmates who continuously go in and out of prison. The Corrections
18 Apr 2015 11:33
Increase In Repeat Inmates, Vasu Tells

The Fiji Corrections Service has identified an increase in recidivists in the first quarter of this year.

Recidivists are inmates who continuously go in and out of prison.

The Corrections Commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu, revealed this yesterday during the Commissioner’s parade for the first quarter of the year at the Naboro Corrections Centre.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said this was one of the many challenges that the Service needed to deal with in the next quarter.

“When we come to see the rate of inmates that are coming in again after serving a prison term within two years, we have found that in the last quarter of last year and the first quarter of this year there needs to be a lot of work done because the data showed that more recidivists returning on the first quarter of this year compared to last year,” he said.

“There were 12 that came in again last quarter but now it has increased to 15.”

The Commissioner said if the officers looked after the inmates well while serving their term, everything would be better and much easier.

Another challenge they faced was trying to deal with inmates who were mentally challenged.

This, he said, was because they do not have the facility that properly catered for these inmates.

However, Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said they had been discussing with the Fiji Police Force and other stakeholders on how they could address this problem.

“The number of these types of inmates coming in has increased and I do not know for what reason,” Commissioner Vasu said.

“There’s a committee that comes to sit together every month to discuss this issue and how well we can solve it.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu confirmed that they had brought in a nurse stationed at the Remand Centre in Korovou Suva to cater for these inmates while awaiting their cases to be heard.

“There is also another officer that is dedicated for mental cases to make sure that the tablets of these inmates are given at the right time.”

“We have don’t have the space and the infirmaries specialised for these types of inmates,” he said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu advised his officers to also improve and change their attitudes. He said if this could be done, the Service would easily achieve its targets outlined in their Annual Corporate Plan for this year.

Four-hundred-and-one corrections officers from Naboro, Nasinu, Suva Correction Centres and the Service’s headquarters were part of the parade yesterday.

 

SEA Awards

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu confirmed that the FCS would not be contesting at this year’s and next year’s Service Excellence Awards.

This, he said does not mean officers could be complacent with how they delivered their service.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said instead they had organised for an in house awards night that would enable them to elevate their standard from what they were currently achieving.

The Fiji Corrections Service scooped the Prime Minister’s award at last year’s Service Excellence Awards night.

 

 




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