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Former inmate lauds corrections officers

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, March 01, 2013

YOUNG people should believe in themselves, have faith in God and avoid peer pressure because it could land them in prison.

The advice has been sounded by a former prison inmate who now successfully runs a yaqona business.

Simione Raicavu, 47, of Nakauwaru in Noco, Rewa, was jailed for six years for robbery and was released from prison in 2004.

After his release, he promised his family he would never return to prison.

Mr Raicavu, who now lives in Vatukoula with his wife and two children, commended corrections officers for their hard work and initiative in changing his life and that of other inmates under their care.

Whatever he learnt in prison has not only made him a good businessman but also a leader of youths in a Vatukoula settlement.

He said if it had not been for the hard work of the corrections officers, he would not be what he is today.

"I believe that I am something today because of the corrections officers' good leadership, discipline, mentoring and rehabilitating work," he said.

"I am so lucky now that I have my grog-selling business which helps earn money for my family. I can earn more than $80 a week from selling grog."

Mr Raicavu said during his incarceration, he learnt from corrections officers to use time wisely, work hard in order to not end up on the wrong path and to put God first in life.

A Fiji Corrections Service statement said Mr Raicavu also works as a part-time contractor for Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, selling FBC calendars and assisting them during their roadshows.


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