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Rehab Programmes For Inmates To Create Opportunities: Usamate

All Fijians are encouraged to put an ef­fort into rehabilitation programmes set up by the Fiji Corrections Service so that inmates can become a part of main­stream society. This was
24 Oct 2018 11:39
Rehab Programmes For Inmates To Create Opportunities: Usamate
Fiji Corrections Service officers with the Yellow Ribbon participants. Photo: DEPTFO News

All Fijians are encouraged to put an ef­fort into rehabilitation programmes set up by the Fiji Corrections Service so that inmates can become a part of main­stream society.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate as he officiated at the first Yellow Ribbon Employment Sympo­sium last week.

Mr Usamate stressed that inmates become changed individuals with better chances of employment after their release from prison and most importantly can be trusted by soci­ety and especially their loved ones.

“I understand that part of the rehabili­tation programme is an Up-Skilling Pro­gramme that allows individuals to reacti­vate known skills or to learn new ones and identify future plans for the inmates and em­ployment opportunities,” Mr Usamate said.

“I am glad to note that the law itself con­tains the establishing of Small Business Units comprising of Garment, Joinery, Bakery, Piggery, Root Crops and Vegetable, to provide hands-on skills programmes for inmates.”

Mr Usamate highlighted there had been discussions on job placements of skilled in­mates to businesses to prepare them for em­ployment in the job market.

This was upon their release and avail­ability of opportunities for Early Release Schemes such as Community Work, Educa­tion, Employment and Weekend and Short releases.

These would allow inmates to go through gradual release and adjustment into the community.

He reiterated that Fijian communities can work together and have discussions sur­rounding this topic and see that these oppor­tunities becomes a practise in future.

Source: DEPTFO News

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