LOOK at the brighter side of life — that was the message to the 16 graduating inmates.
The inmates of the Lautoka Corrections Centre graduated after completing four modules on rehabilitative measures provided by Lautoka-based NGO Pacific Counselling and Social Services.
Western Division supervisor ASP Oliver Fisher said the course was designed to educate the inmates to look at the brighter side of life and not to reoffend.
He said some inmates lacked proper training outside prison which was one reason they reoffended.
ASP Fisher said the programs offered by the Pacific Counselling and Social Services would help rehabilitate the inmates.
"These inmates have undergone programs on how to set goals upon their release and how to deal with problems in order not to end up recommitting criminal offences," he said.
"Rehabilitation is not an easy task and we need the support of the community.
"The assistance of stakeholders helps change the lives of those under our care," ASP Fisher said.
Meanwhile, inmates from the corrections centre are working closely with the military and other government officials to clean up flood-affected areas in the Western Division.