20 Oct 2008

Pacific Islands countries urged to update their prison infrastructure

2:18 pm on 20 October 2008

Fiji's Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, Auta Moceisuva, says most Pacific Islands countries need to update their prisons infrastructure.

That's one of the main conclusions from last week's second Heads of Pacific Islands Corrections Conference in Suva.

The conference saw discussion on basic operational and management issues common to most Pacific Islands correctional services systems.

Mr Moceisuva says they also focussed on post-conflict scenarios, community-based correctional frameworks and prison infrastructure.

"A lot of prisons infrastructure in the Pacific are outdated because they were built some many years ago. They need to be updated in order to comply with international standards. And then there was also the need for provision of appropriate facilities for rehabilitation purposes, and likewise provision for spaces for mothers when they wish to raise their children in prison."

Auta Moceisuva says delegates who attended the conference will be asking their governments to help them meet these provisions.