YELLOW Ribbon King 2013 Nicholas Baleikoro is discouraging people, particularly youths, from going to prison.
After spending one night at the Nasinu Corrections Centre last week, Mr Baleikoro said he never felt so dirty and worthless.
"Being in prison, although for one night only and a day, is such a humiliating experience. Your every move is dictated by officers, there is simply no freedom," he said.
"There is a standard time for sleeping, eating, drills and doing chores. It's something I wouldn't really want to go through."
Mr Baleikoro said he was grateful for the opportunity to represent the Fiji Corrections Service and what it stands for in giving offenders a second chance.
"I want to discourage people from going to prison because it is nothing like home.
"You have the same view for 24 hours, you're stuck between those four walls, with nothing to do. You can go crazy just staring at the walls and thinking what could have been.
"While we need to give offenders a second chance, prevention is better than cure. It is important to live a life free from crime to avoid a prison sentence and the stigma associated with imprisonment.
"Once convicted, people are stigmatised for life so it's better not to enter prison in the first place. But for those who are now behind bars, they don't need to be rejected when they are released because they have served time for their crimes."
Mr Baleikoro believes they can become useful and productive citizens of Fiji if given a second chance at life.
Like any other inmate upon admission, Mr Baleikoro was given a haircut, searched and issued with a toothpaste, toothbrush, a spoon and a cup.
"No mobiles, no internet, you're actually stripped of all your rights!
"I've heard people say that going to prison is great because they get to only eat and sleep, that's far from the truth. There's no life without any rights?"
Mr Baleikoro also joined other inmates in tending to the cassava plantation, vegetable garden and even accompanied them to the cemetery at Nasinu.