Dalo justice for farmers in Fiji
Feb 03, 2010
from the Fiji Times Online:
People sent to jail for stealing dalo are being made to plant five times the amount they stole as part of their rehabilitation.
And the dalo is planted in the farms where the crimes took place.
The program by the Fiji Prisons and Corrections Service started in Taveuni where dalo thefts have been frequent. This new initiative is called "Restorative Justice for Dalo Thieves on Taveuni"
Under this program, the offender will return to the scene of the crime and, under supervision, plant five times the amount of dalo that was stolen.
To determine the exact amount stolen, wardens liaise with Taveuni police to ascertain the true amount in metric tonnes that needs to be replanted.
Officer in Charge of Taveuni Prison, Savenaca Vula, has been given the task of ensuring that planting schedules are synchronised with the duration of the inmate's sentence.
The inmates who are part of this program will be closely monitored by the Prisons Service Education, Training and Rehabilitation Unit.
During the replanting process, farming materials will be supplied by the farmer.