THERE are 1500 inmates in the country's 13 prisons run by the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS).
FCS community liaison officer Sitiveni Raitamata confirmed they recorded this number yesterday before their fun day at Albert Park in Suva.
"We look at records for past five years and we find that the numbers fluctuate, so we can't say that this is the highest we have had in our facilities," Mr Raitamata said.
"All in all, the total capacity for the 13 institutions is 1390 but we have 1500 inmates, so we are above the total capacity by 110."
Mr Raitamata revealed that of the 1500 inmates, 419 were Methodists, 169 adherents of the Assemblies of God and 128 Catholics.
He said there were more inmates from the Tailevu Province than the other 13 provinces in Fiji.
"There are 167 inmates from Tailevu; Lau has the second highest number of 139 inmates while Ba records the third highest with 129.
"It is the age group from 16-35 years that is common in all our 13 facilities, so these are basically the youth category."
Mr Raitamata said of their 13 facilities, Lautoka had the largest number of inmates — 299 with Suva registering 254 and the Suva Remand Centre 154.
FCS commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said the ratio of the prison population to the population of Fiji was 160 per 100,000.
"I need to stress that the good ratio should be that in every 100,000 people in Fiji, there should be below 100 that should be in our care."
Lt-Col Vasu said he hoped that through awareness programs like the fun day, they could reduce the number of inmates.