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Female lifers begin trauma rehabilitation

Female inmates underwent a trauma healing programme yesterday in a new Fiji Corrections Service initiative to rehabilitate inmates serving life sentences. A FCS statement said the Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Jo Kulinidilo opened the Trauma Healing Restorative Programme yesterday and appealed to inmates to be honest and willing to participate. He said the rehabilitation initiative would “bring healing and a renewed […]

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February 9, 2016 10:16 am

Female inmates underwent a trauma healing programme yesterday in a new Fiji Corrections Service initiative to rehabilitate inmates serving life sentences.

Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Jo Kulinidilo Photo: Fiji Corrections Service
Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Jo Kulinidilo Photo: Fiji Corrections Service

A FCS statement said the Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Jo Kulinidilo opened the Trauma Healing Restorative Programme yesterday and appealed to inmates to be honest and willing to participate.

He said the rehabilitation initiative would “bring healing and a renewed mind that will make you a better wife and mother and (an) emotionally stronger person”.

Kulinidilo said the FCS had a functional role of changing those under its care.

We are fortunate to be part of a programme that was originally developed in Rwanda after the interracial war and conflict and has been successfully practised in correctional settings in Kenya, USA and Scotland.

Kulinidilo said progammes do not have the ability to change people but for an inmate to be truly rehabilitated, the desire to change must come from their hearts.

Peter Shultz, the head of the Operations Foundation (which is facilitating the programme) said the initiative was “a new step” for the 13 participants from the Women’s Corrections Centre.

The programme will continue at intervals throughout the year.

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