INMATES from the Ba Province top the list of iTaukei incarcerated at the Lautoka Corrections Centre.
According to Fiji Corrections Services West spokesman Semesa Uluiviti, a total of 44 inmates held at the centre were from Ba.
"They make up most of the convicted inmates who are being held in Lautoka," he said. Mr Uluiviti added that support from the province was pivotal to the centre's efforts to reduce the number of inmates from the province.
He said delegates from the province visited the centre each year to speak to the inmates and give them advice.
Yesterday, Ba chiefs visited the facility to address the inmates. They were led by Vitogo district representative Lepani Raisowalu.
"This is what we need right now. The support of the vanua, support from the church and the community in general," Mr Uluiviti said.
"We commend the Ba chiefs for visiting their sons in prison. This will give the inmates confidence as they make efforts to change and become better citizens upon their release."
Meanwhile, the Fiji Corrections Services will be part of the Adi Salusalu Festival at Chruchill Park in Lautoka. Mr Uluiviti said they would provide entertainment during the week-long event.