VISITS to corrections facilities will be restricted if banned items continue to be smuggled into the institutions.
This decision has been made following the discovery of more contraband items, with the latest incident involving a mother and her child at the Naboro Corrections Complex.
Close scrutiny by officers at the centre resulted in the discovery of a gas lighter, a mobile charger and a roll of tobacco on the woman who came to visit her husband.
Fiji Corrections Service spokeswoman Ana Tudrau-Tamani said if such cases continued, the department would have to resort to non-contact visits for inmates.
A non-contact visit is when physical contact between the inmate and his or her visitor is not permitted.
"Currently this is being done only for inmates at the Maximum Corrections Centre in Naboro," Mrs Tudrau-Tamani said.
"Inmates normally lose their visiting privileges if they breach any regulation during their term.
"We will have to resort to non-contact visits because families and those visiting inmates continue to smuggle in contrabands.
"So far this year, we have recorded a total of 87 contrabands ranging from mobiles, sim cards, chargers, tobacco, marijuana and many more."
She said they were only in the second week of August and they had already discovered 16 contrabands.
Mrs Tudrau-Tamani said the discovery of banned items hindered the department's efforts in rehabilitating inmates.
She added that sadly, relatives and close friends continued to be the "dominant culprits" in the provision of banned items.
Mrs Tudrau-Tamani said they were also exploring legal avenues to charge those who aid and abet offenders through the supply of banned items.