More elderly inmates enter Corrections
The growing number of elderly people who continue to enter the Fiji Corrections Service centres around the country is posing a serious concern. This was highlighted by the Commissioner of the Fiji Corrections Service, Commander Francis Kean in his address on the topic ‘Human Rights for Prisoners’.
It was during the final day of the Legal Aid Commission Regional Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola yesterday.
“The influx of elderly prisoners into our Corrections Centres is alarming, but the need to care and provide services to this category of prisoners,” Commander Kean said. “As part of our desire to meet the provisions of the Mandela Rules we have specifically dedicated one of our Corrections Centres to be for our elderly, disabled and bedridden prisoners.
“We see this as a smart way of delivering our services which is efficient and effective rather than having them dispersed between our 15 Corrections Centres.”
He added there has been a major change with the introduction of ‘through-care’.
“’Through-care’ now sees the rehabilitation efforts of Corrections taken to the doorsteps of every person under our care,” the commissioner said.
“We believe it is a holistic approach to rehabilitation ensuring the successful reintegration of ex-offenders back into our communities, villages and families.” Commander Kean added Fiji was always committed to playing its role as a good global citizen in upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter.