More el­derly in­mates en­ter Cor­rec­tions

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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.

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