THE Labasa Corrections Centre recognised its inmates behavioural change and gave them the green light to help some farmers harvest their cane.
Since last month, the group of inmates has harvested sugarcane from two farms in Labasa.
Centre supervisor northern Assistant Superintendant of Prisons Penisoni Tuapati said the farmers approached them through the sector office for their help.
"Farmers make requests through sector offices near them and this is how we reach out to them to offer a helping hand to harvest their cane," he said.
"This is part of our Yellow Ribbon Project in trying to change the attitudes of inmates so they don't re-offend later in life.
"And 60 per cent of the income they (inmates) receive from the activity is directed to their individual accounts which will be given to them upon release and 40 per cent is deposited into the Yellow Ribbon Project account."
ASP Tuapati said the involvement of inmates in such activities would generate ideas for them to work hard in life.
"At least when inmates are released, they will be able to stand on their own two feet and provide sources of income for their individual families," he said.