28 November, 2022, 1:14 am Central - 21°C Rain

Over 4,000 people come together for the Yellow Ribbon Walk
Our approach to rehabilitation has seen the recidivism rate drop dramatically - PM

Over 4,000 people come together for the Yellow Ribbon Walk

Our approach to rehabilitation has seen the recidivism rate drop dramatically - PM

By Shanil Singh
Sunday 24/04/2022
[Photo Credit: Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama]

More than 4,000 people including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Government ministers and 16 inmates were part of the Yellow Ribbon Walk of Restoration.

This was the first time inmates were included in the Yellow Ribbon Walk.

The Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Service Francis Kean says fighting stigma is one of the biggest battle they face at the Service and has acknowledged the support of the families who were part of the walk today.

Kean says the Yellow Ribbon project is all about giving a second chance and the work of rehabilitation cannot be undertaken by the Fiji Corrections Service alone.

He says they had people from the West who left their homes at 1am yesterday just to show their support with their loved ones.

Kean says this reassures them that the inmates will return to loving arms and will go back to become law abiding citizens.

On his official Facebook page, Prime Minister Bainimarama says their approach to rehabilitation has seen our recidivism rate drop dramatically in recent years.

Bainimarama says he is proud of the path they are laying to help all Fijians lead fulfilling lives.

Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete who was the chief guest at the event says the drop in the recidivism rate from 7.8% to about 1% shows that the project is working very well.

Dr Waqainabete says it has indirect effects on health because mental health is an issue they want to look into going forward.

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Womens Rugby World Cup 2022
Quarter-final qualification is now the goal for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15โ€™s following their 21-17 victory against South Africa.
39 days ago

Queen Elizabeth II passes away
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
69 days ago

Fiji wins Melrose Cup after 17 years
Fiji wins the RWC 7s title after 17 year drought
70 days ago
Unity Fiji candidate Mohammed Khan has made some unsubstantiated and false allegations - RBF Governor
Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor, Ariff Ali says Unity Fiji candidate, Mohammed Riyaz Khan has made some unsubstantiated and false allegations. Ali sa...
9 hours ago
Saneem takes the media through the packing of Pre-Poll ballot boxes at the FEO warehouse
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem did a walk through with the media at the Fijian Elections Office Warehouse in Laucala Beach, on how the ...
8 hours ago

Sayed-Khaiyum says FLP has candidates who are bhajaniyas, Chaudhry says Sayed-Khaiyum has no right to mock a personโ€™s religious beliefs and practices
FijiFirst General Secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Fiji Labour Party has candidates who are bhajaniyas (bhajan singers) and they do not have ...
9 hours ago

LAWASIA deeply concerned about AGโ€™s pursuit of the charge of contempt against Richard Naidu
The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) is deeply concerned about the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyumโ€™s pursuit of the charge ...
10 hours ago

59% of traders non-compliant to consumer protection laws โ€“ Consumer Council of Fiji
Continuous market surveillance by the Consumer Council of Fiji (CCoF) over the last 3 months has revealed an appalling amount of non-compliant ...
11 hours ago

FNPF to launch new retirement product that offers flexibility
The Fiji National Provident Fund has announced that it would soon launch a retirement product that offers members flexibility and earns ...
13 hours ago