Nasinu Prison, Fiji Islands

Nasinu Prison, is a minimum security prison about 10 miles outside of central Suva, Fiji's capital. Set amongst green fields, the majority of the prisoners are younger male offenders who are in prison for minor crimes (theft, marijuana possession). The prison is seen as a test bed for a number of rehabilitation programmes that have been recently introduced such as prawn farming and poultry farming.

Although the atmosphere seems 'relaxed' compared to Fiji's other main prisons, the reality is that statistically many of the inmates are likely to 'graduate' to the tougher prisons because the recidivism rate (re-offending rate) is current about 50%. Hence the need to introduce good rehabilitation programmes to reduce the recidivism rate.

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