THE successful reintegration of offenders into the community is the best security for society.
Corrections Service commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu told a gathering last week to acknowledge the support of its stakeholders. He said throughout the year they had fought together to bring out the good "in those admitted under our care".
"We look after those who have broken the law and have therefore been neglected by society," he said.
Lt-Col Vasu said the service strongly believed people could change for the better.
"Like all humans, all they did was tread down the wrong path," he said.
"All they committed was a mistake that cost them their freedom and the associated stigma."
The commissioner said the corrections service believed offenders would one day become productive citizens and contribute to the betterment of the nation, if properly corrected and nurtured.
"That is the hope that we carry with us and the mandate given to us by the government to reduce the reoffending rate come 2014.
"It is not easy, as we have experienced on many occasions, but we are learning along the way."
Lt-Col thanked the stakeholders for their support.
"This is the kind of mutual relationship that we seek.
"For us to work together hand in hand for the good of our nation."