FIFTEEN former inmates of the Lautoka Corrections Centre were handed more than $9000 in total after completing their term last year.
Western corrections service supervisor, ASP Oliver Fisher said the former inmates were part of the cane-cutting program that assisted sugar production for the 2012 season.
He said the prisoners contributed to the overall sugar production during last year's crushing season.
"It is good to see these inmates returning home with some cash to help their families," said ASP Fisher.
"Some of them had $600, depending on the total amount of cane they harvested."
ASP Fisher said 60 inmates were involved in the cane-cutting program with 2000 tonnes of cane being harvested as a result of their efforts.
"The program was also part of the reintegration process that encourages inmates to learn new ways of generating income.
"One of the objectives of the program is to open new career opportunities to prepare them for life after prison.
"It is also reassuring for the officers to see that a few of them are interested in investing in the sugar industry especially since most are indigenous and have land available in their villages."