FCS records reduction in recidivism

From the left Fiji Correction Service (FCS) Commissioner, Francis Kean,Namosi Chairman Care program Ratu Romanu Matanitabua with Rewa Care Chairman Dona Takalaiyale during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday. Picture: JAKE CABANIUK

THE Fiji Corrections Service has recorded a reduction in recidivism by 1.5 per cent as of July 31.

This was announced by the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) commissioner Francis Kean yesterday.

Mr Kean said this was equivalent to 27 people compared with the last reporting period which was 4.78 per cent equivalent to 72 people. He said 1.5 per cent was the lowest recidivism rate over the past 10 years.

“This achievement is a collective effort of all stakeholders and we extend our highest appreciation to all the religious organisations, rehabilitation program providers, volunteers, the vanua, community, private and public sector, NGOs that work with FCS, the Government, family and friends.”

Mr Kean said they would work to reduce this statistics to zero.

“It is imperative that we continue to work as a team of many teams to reduce this statistics to zero. This calls for effort and we at the FCS with the current stakeholders plead to all who can make a difference in the lives of those incarcerated.”

FCS with the province of Rewa and Namosi also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for their partnership in the rehabilitation efforts.

“We are continuing our engagement with other provinces and we look forward to partnering with them in this new financial year,” he said.

Chairman of the Rewa Care Dona Takalaiyale said they were happy to have signed the MOU with the FCS.

“This is a great initiative for the province of Rewa and this initiative had started from Rewa so we are happy to have this partnership,” he said.

Roko Tui Namosi Rupeni Kunaturaga shared similar sentiments. “We are glad to have this signing today (yesterday) and this will pave the way forward for the people of Namosi.”