Agree­ment to foster ex-in­mates re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Fiji Sun - - NATION - SHREEYA VERMA Feed­back: Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice Edited by Ivamere Nataro shreeya.verma@fi­jisun.com.fj

Six­teen per cent or 392 of the cur­rent prison pop­u­la­tion are mem­bers of the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church (SDA).

This was con­firmed by the Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice Com­mis­sioner Com­man­der Fran­cis Kean dur­ing the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the SDA Church yes­ter­day.

The MOU will en­sure an active role in en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties in the for­ma­tion of CARE (Com­mu­nity Ac­tion for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Ex-Of­fend­ers) Net­work. Com­man­der Kean said the work of cor­rec­tions per­son­nels in chang­ing lives fell in tan­dem with the work of the church.

“Re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions play an in­stru­men­tal role in the process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and be­havioural change,” he said. He said they had first worked with the Methodist Church of Fiji and Ro­tuma. “We are also look­ing at other de­nom­i­na­tions in join­ing the CARE Net­work,”

Com­man­der Kean said.

SDA Church Fiji chair­man Pas­tor Talemo Cakobau said the church had been in­volved in car­ing for in­mates for years be­hind the scene. He said they were try­ing to find fam­i­lies of in­mates, es­pe­cially women who looked af­ter chil­dren alone. “They need our sup­port and I would like to en­cour­age churches to work to­gether so we can cre­ate a safe com­mu­nity in Fiji.”

Photo:

Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church Fiji chair­man Pas­tor Talemo Cakobau and Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice Com­mi­sioner Com­man­der Fran­cis Kean dur­ing the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing sign­ing on July 14, 2020.

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