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Contestant Spends A Night In Jail

Mr Yellow Ribbon, Eliki Dakuitoga, a King contestant in the 2015 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival spent Sunday night at Nasinu Corrections Centre. He volunteered to be an inmate for a night
11 Aug 2015 12:42
Contestant Spends A Night In Jail

Mr Yellow Ribbon, Eliki Dakuitoga, a King contestant in the 2015 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival spent Sunday night at Nasinu Corrections Centre.

He volunteered to be an inmate for a night to experience how those behind bars are treated.

“Inmates need a second chance,” he said upon his release yesterday.

“Ex-offenders cannot become productive citizens if community members do not accept them back into society.

“At Nasinu Corrections Centre, I attended the drills. I found out how officers treat inmates. The difference is on the terms of rehabilitation and extending a hand to help and mould them instead of punishing them to bring in change.

“I commend Fiji Corrections Service in the treatment, discipline and hard work driven into inmates.

“Taking a tour around Nasinu Corrections Centre I saw how inmates worked – from the fish ponds to kitchen hands, the task force members, the cassava field crew, and those at the vegetable farms. There wasn’t any feeling of fear or neglect. I began to bond and understood these people in Orange who I have come to call my brothers because they are human beings.

“They too deserve a little attention, not the kind of attention that brands them as animals and ex-cons, but the attention that accepts them as human beings” he said.

He said he was so proud to be the Ambassador of Yellow Ribbon at the festival.

“I will inform young people that prison is not a good place to be in. I will guide them to focus on the right path so that they are on the right track at all times,” he said.

The 22-year-old from Bau, Tailevu, said he would advocate Yellow Ribbon and how it relates to climate change.

“I love to be a change agent and encourage people to accept ex-offenders back into society and also do something about climate change in Fiji,” he said.

Service assistant spokesperson, Semesa Uluiviti commended Mr Dakuitoga saying his experience would persuade society to accept past-offenders.

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