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Collusion Still In Prison: Vasu

Collusion between prisoners and wardens is still happening, says the Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu. He said it had been happening in Corrections centres around the country. He revealed
15 Nov 2015 12:11
Collusion Still  In Prison: Vasu
Acting Police Commissioner,Sitiveni Qiliho (left), Assistant Commissioner of Police,Isikeli Vuniwaqa and Commissioner of Corrections, Ifiremi Vasu during the swear-in of President Konrote at Government House yesterday. pic.....RAMA

Collusion between prisoners and wardens is still happening, says the Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu.

He said it had been happening in Corrections centres around the country.

He revealed this during the media tour of the Naboro Corrections Complex yesterday.

“Some inmates, especially those in Naboro are very rich. Many of them collude with young wardens to get what they want from outside,” Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said.

He said those wardens who had been caught colluding with inmates had been sent home.

Lieutenant-Colonel Vasu said officers, especially wardens, had been warned when they started work against secret or illegal co-operation or conspiracy with inmates.

He said some were tempted by the amount of money offered to them and chose to ignore the warnings.

“There is no other warning, and I always feel sorry for them when they go home.”

 

Suva Corrections Centre

will be demolished

The Suva Corrections Centre, formerly known as Korovou Prison, will be demolished.

“The plan now is to demolish Korovou Prison and construct a new and modern corrections complex on the same site,” Lt-Col Vasu said.

He said it was part of the Service’s future plan.

Korovou Prison, built in 1912, was condemned as unfit for human habitation in 1971. It has been condemned many times since, yet it continued to serve as the capital’s only prison.

 

Black and pink ribbon

The service has a system of identifying escapees in prison and recidivists or inmates who repeatedly serve prison terms.

Escapees wear black ribbons while recidivists wear pink.

Mr Vasu said these inmates mingled with others, but they were clearly identified by the ribbons.

He said the recidivist numbers had dropped to three per cent.

Fiji, he said, had the lowest recidivist rate in the Pacific including New Zealand and Australia.

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