Inmates From Tailevu Highest In Correctional Facilities

Previously the highest number of inmates were from Lau. Currently, Tailevu has about 218 inmates across the board - the highest in Fiji.
24 Mar 2019 01:29
Inmates From Tailevu Highest In Correctional Facilities
Ratu Epenisa Cakobau (left) followed by Saimoni Waibuta, Deputy Secretary Ministry of iTaukei Affairs with Tailevu Provincial Council chairperson Rusiate Tudravu during the council meeting at Nausori Village on March 22, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The highest number of inmates in correctional facilities in the country are from Tailevu Province.

This was revealed by Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) Deputy Commissioner Apimeleki Taukei during the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing between the FCS and Tailevu Province for partnership in reinforcing and supporting the rehabilitation efforts of FCS.

“Tailevu has about 218 inmates across the board. Before Lau used to be the highest,” he said.
“The highest numbers of offences by the inmates that are currently incarcerated are sexual offences, which is a big concern for the FCS and the Government.

Sexual offences and aggravated robbery are the top two on the list.

“FCS has tried to encourage the provinces to be part of the rehabilitation programme. We have experienced changes in the provinces that have come forward to support this care programme and we hope they will continue to embrace the idea.

“We have been conducting a lot of consultation with the provinces right down to the village and church level to try and encourage their co-operation with all the provinces level.

“One of the main issues we face today is that a lot of inmates become recidivists because they don’t have a source of income, so that forces them back to life of crime.”

Chairperson of the Tailevu Provincial Council Rusiate Tudravu said they have formed a committee to work closely with the FCS in order to look after the rehabilitation of those from Tailevu.

“Firstly, I want to acknowledge the contribution of the FCS. This was the result of their presentation in the previous Tailevu Provincial Council meeting,” Mr Tudravu said. The provinces that have already signed the MOU are Namosi, Rewa and Serua.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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