Fiji, home of the 2017 APCCA
The Fiji Corrections Service is delighted to be the host of the 37th Asian and Pacific Conference of Corrections Administrators (APCCA).
Representatives from 31 Corrections Centres in Asia and the Pacific are expected to converge at the Sofitel Fiji Resort (www.sofitel.com) located on beautiful Denarau Island from November 5-9 for this annual event.
The first APCCA meeting was held in Hong Kong in 1980 and developed from discussions between then-Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology and then-Commissioner of the Hong Kong Prisons Department. Since 1980, the conference has met every year apart from 1990.
Who We Are & What We Do
The Fiji Corrections Service is a key component in the Government’s administration of the criminal justice system and we are responsible for persons referred to us by the courts.Our basic function is to look after inmates with humanity and to help them reform and lead law abiding and productive lives upon their release.
The Fiji Corrections Services since 2009 has embarked on a number of initiatives to generate income earning opportunities from the available land resources at its disposal. It is now targeting inmates more purposefully in order to develop and strengthen their skills prior to discharge.
Rehabilitation has 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.
Hope is one of the greatest gifts leaders can give to those around. Its power should never be underestimated. It takes a great leader to give hope to people when they can’t find it within themselves. Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill recognised the value of hope.
Yellow Ribbon Project
The Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) is based on a model that was developed in Singapore. The yellow ribbon motif was drawn from the song o, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the old Oak Tree”. The song tells the story of a prisoner who sought assurance from his wife that, on his release, she would still want him to be part of her life.