SIXTY five per cent of inmates in correction facilities around the country fall between the ages of 17 and 35.
Speaking at the end of the Labasa Yellow Ribbon fun run on Saturday, Yellow Ribbon Project co-ordinator Isireli Dausiga said that the figures were quite alarming.
"This is an age group where we expect people to be at the climax of their lives enjoying life and making the most of it," Mr Dausiga said.
"If this is not the case then something must be missing somewhere in the development processes of these members of society and something needs to be done to address the problem.
"Therefore the Fiji Corrections Service is working all it can to give especially our young inmates another chance at life."
Mr Dausiga said they were working closely with corporate groups and business houses including other branches of society to ensure ex-inmates were accepted and respected by their community members once they returned from serving their terms.
"In this effort the Yellow Ribbon Program in its fifth year of running is involved in projects and training of inmates in income-generating projects while they are still serving their terms.
"Some of these inmates are often involved in training programs depending on the seriousness of the offences they commit.
"The program also has an aim of ensuring that inmates become productive members of their communities."