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Senior Officers ToTake The Lead

In a bid to further reduce the recidivism rate, the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) is engaging senior officers in taking home recidivists who have finished serving their terms. Last weekend,
21 Oct 2015 10:30
Senior Officers ToTake The Lead
Samisoni Naqaqanikalou (4th from left- front row) with family members and the delegation from the Fiji Corrections Service at Vunaniu village in Serua last weekend. Photo: Fiji Corrections Service/ FACEBOOK

In a bid to further reduce the recidivism rate, the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) is engaging senior officers in taking home recidivists who have finished serving their terms.

Last weekend, Assistant Commissioner (Operations), Superintendent Apimeleki Taukei, led a team of senior officers to Vunaniu Village in Serua to traditionally hand-over Samisoni Naqaqanikalou to his family.

In a moving ceremony, the young lad sought forgiveness from his family members who were present to receive him back into their home.

Speaking to Mr Naqaqanikalou after the  handing-over ceremony, Superintendent Taukei stressed to family members who were present that this was the stance that the Service had taken in order to minimise the recidivism rate in their 13 correction institutions around the country.

“We need to work together as a team and help to mould this young man to become a law abiding citizen of our country,” he said.

“He is a remarkable young man, but he needs to be encouraged to be the best that he can be.

“We are providing all the programmes for rehabilitation purposes to inmates with the hope that they will be able to put all they have learned into practice when they are released back to their loved ones.

“We cannot do this alone and we need support from family members, the communities, villages and the church.”

Also part of the handing-over team was supervisor Central Eastern, Superintendent Akuila Namakadre, director rehabilitation, Superintendent Salote Panapasa,  officer in charge for Suva Corrections Centre, Assistant Superintendent Tuapati Kacivi, Reverend Selevasio Naivalu and a police officer from the Navua Police Station.

 

Fiji Corrections Service

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