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$24million for prisons

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, November 24, 2012

THE Fiji Corrections Service will receive $21million in 2013, including a $3million increase in their operational budget.

The government confirmed the service would also strengthen the prison system, adding more than 100 staff to the ranks of prison officers.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said in addition, $700,000 would be allocated to upgrade and maintain staff quarters and prisons.

"Funds will also be provided to install CCTV cameras in our prisons that will help to minimise security breaches," he said.

"I am pleased to announce that the Yellow Ribbon Program will continue in 2013 with an allocation of $200,000.

"The program has reduced the rate of recidivism from 21 per cent in 2009 to 3 per cent in 2011.

"We have also made good progress in eliminating the corruption at all levels that has long plagued our country."