The Fiji Corrections Service says each inmate, upon admission is also identified by their religious denomination as this is an integral part of inmates’ rehabilitation.
The Methodist Church ministers were presented with information at the first ever religious body symposium held by the FSC to find ways of working together, for the rehabilitation of inmates.
FCS commissioner Francis Kean in addressing church ministers yesterday says that the change in focus from In care to through care was in line with their vision.
Translation – We have adjusted and realigned our vision from the In care strategy to Through care strategy. This strategy basically means that we have extended our services of rehabilitating an inmate right to the doorsteps of the men and women who are incarcerated under our care. That is why we are seeking avenues and help from the 14 provinces of Fiji to help us.
Vice President of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma Ratu Peni Volavola agrees that work carried out by officers of FCS is not an easy one and believes that spiritual training needs to also be a big part of their training program.
General Secretary of the Church Rev Ili Vunisuwai says that information that they received yesterday will find its way back to each division to look into the possible solutions and ways to help the FCS.
The Fiji Corrections Service saw this as an opportunity to present to the ministers statistics released by them, indicating one thousand seven hundred and thirty nine inmates in their care between June and July in 2016 out of which 468 were Methodists.