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Churches work with prisons

Ioane Burese
Thursday, February 21, 2013

EFFORTS by the Fiji Corrections Service to engage churches in running spiritual empowerment programs for inmates have so far been successful.

So far, FCS senior officers have had positive meetings with representatives of the Methodist, Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist and Assemblies of God churches.

Corrections spokeswoman Ana Tamani said the department was grateful to the churches for coming on board in trying to steer their respective members in the right direction.

She said this was exactly the kind of support the department needed.

"We admit that we cannot do this on our own, we need a concerted effort from the community, churches and the vanua in ensuring that an offender gets back on track and does not return to us," she said.

Mrs Tamani said the churches' acceptance would enable offenders to find their footing back in society.

Methodist Church general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said they were willing to assist in whatever way they could for the spiritual upbringing of inmates.

At discussions with the Catholic Church's Father Tavite Naiveli, the possibility of conducting morning church services for Roman Catholic remand inmates at the Suva Corrections Centre was raised.