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Inmates not recruited as full-time correctional service officers

March 13, 2018 4:58 am

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made it clear in parliament today that no one serving custodial sentences at the Nasinu Correctional Centre are being recruited as full-time Correctional Service Officers.

His comments comes after Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka raised this issue.

Sayed-Khaiyum says that he had discussions with the Commissioner of Correction Services this morning and was told that only three people who are serving their time are going through a training of the correctional services for discipline purposes.

“The way the systems works is that should they wish to express and desire to be trained on how the correction officers train, they bring them in, they interview them, there are psychologist that assess their psychological make up, the parents’ consent is given also and then they are trained but they are not recruited by the correction services.”

Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula then raised the issue that a record by a former Deputy Commissioner said that some people serving time are now correction officers and this will demoralize serving officers.

Sayed-Khaiyum said he cannot comment on that as he does not have the document.