FOURTY SEVEN inmates from the province of Bua are serving their sentences at the 13 corrections facilities in the country.
Fourteen are housed at the Vaturekuka Corrections Centre in Labasa, 11 in the West, 10 in the Southern Division and 12 in the Central Division.
The revelation was made by the assistant commissioner of prisons, Superintendent Kameli Vakalevulevuya, at the launch of the Yellow Ribbon Project in Nabouwalu, Bua, on Friday.
Superintendent Vakalevulevuya said the figure comprised males and females.
He said Bua was ranked tenth in the provincial list of where inmates were from, but added that the figure had decreased compared to the past years.
"There is a big improvement in the number of inmates from Bua who are serving their jail terms and this is because people are slowly changing for the better," Superintendent Vakalevulevuya said.
"People are becoming more aware of the importance of the Yellow Ribbon Project and that is why they are slowly changing their mind-sets towards inmates.
"Former offenders are now being accepted back into society and this is a good sign."
Superintendent Vakalevulevuya urged youths in the province to work hand in hand to support the project in the area for the purpose of helping inmates and former offenders stay away from crime.
Speaking on behalf of the people of Cakaunitabua, Tui Vuya Ratu Amenatave Rabona welcomed the project and said they were prepared to support it.