Friday, February 08, 2008

Prisoner treated to morning tea

UNAISI RATUBALAVU
Thursday, February 07, 2008 - www.fijitimes.com

The multi-coloured walls of Suva Prison where rehabilitation programs are being introduced for inmates.+ Enlarge this image

The multi-coloured walls of Suva Prison where rehabilitation programs are being introduced for inmates.

FORMER navy commander Francis Kean was hosted to morning tea with his comrades at the Walu Bay naval base last week.

Commissioner of Prisons Brigadier Ioane Naivalurua said it was part of the rehabilitation program the department was doing.

The Prison Department is trying to change the stigma associated with prisoners by changing the way they rehabilitate prisoners.

Brigadier Naivalurua said they were using prisoners' skills and knowledge rather than locking them up in prison.

He said Kean went to have morning tea and was on prison escort.

"Kean is one of the skilled people we have in prison and we have to utilise their skills for the benefit of the Prison department and to help prisoners as well," said Brigadier Naivalurua.

Kean and former Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit soldier Ovini Baleinamau are the two skilled people the Prisons department have used to be part of the training taskforce team.

Kean and Baleinamau work with training officers in prison conducting training programs for prison officers such as leadership, instruction courses, command courses and basic clerical courses.

The Prison department is trying to help inculcate into the prisoners' minds that even though they have been locked up, they are still human beings and belong to society.

Former Agriculture permanent secretary Peniasi Kunatuba assessed damage by Cyclone Gene at the prison farm at Nasinu.

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