THE launch of the Yellow Ribbon Project at Rakiraki in April is expected to be the biggest in the Western Division after drawing positive commitments and support from villages in Ra and members of the community.
This is according to the Fiji Corrections Service's media liaison officer West, Semesa Uluiviti.
"The support from stakeholders and members of the community in Rakiraki speaks volumes of the program's success once it is established," he said.
"Correction officers will be visiting villages, Indian communities, business houses and schools promoting the Yellow Ribbon Program.
"We are so fortunate that the Ra Provincial Council, Rakiraki police officers, district office, Rakiraki Town Council and government departments in Rakiraki have come on board to support us in promoting this program."
Mr Uluiviti said the FCS's aim to reduce recidivism could only be achieved through community support.
"To have successful reintegration of former inmates back into the society, we need the support from their respective families and members of the community.
"Our main aim is to reduce recidivism rate by 50 per cent in the year 2014 and we really need to work hand in hand with the community so that we can achieve this.
"It is important to note that the Yellow Ribbon Program is not only for inmates but for members of the public to accept inmates after they serve their term in prison and now it's Rakiraki's turn to embrace this initiative," Mr Uluiviti said.
A team from the FCS is visiting villages and communities in Rakiraki in the lead up to the launch to continue to raise awareness and educate the general public about the project.