Rehabilitation has, of late, largely dominated the work of the Fiji Corrections Service. In fact it runs parallel to the security function of the department.It constitutes one of the three-pronged roles of the department in the form of Change, amid Safety & Security and Care. The Commissioner’s Orders paves the way for the rehabilitation of prisoners. Programmes seeking to contribute to a rehabilitative environment can reduce the opportunity for bad behavior to occur within prison and provide an environment in which staff can offer positive examples.
Such programmes provide the opportunity for developing basic skills and interests that may assist prisoners to undertake more education, vocational training (work skills), parenting skills, drugs and alcohol. The prison environment aims to encourage positive changes in behavior and attitude, provide good social examples, challenge of offending behavior and promoting self-esteem and encouraging prisoners to take responsibility for their actions. The upbringing of a prisoner’s spiritual life is also an essential part of the rehabilitation programme.
The development and implementation of prisoner industries that provide meaningful work for prisoners supplement prison incomes and provide improved prisoner nutrition. The focus of prison industries is primarily on agricultural activities, including the growing of food and raising of livestock, which supplement prisoner diets and improve nutrition, whilst reducing the cost of imprisonment.