The Australian High Commission’s First Secretary, Robin Perry has praised the Correctional Services Solomon Islands as one of RAMSI’s big success stories.
In a statement today High Commissioner Perry says the Correctional Services has worked with the Australian Government to construct and refurbish key infrastructure assets and many of these meet and even exceed relevant United Nations standards.
He says CSSI has worked hard to promote greater equality between men and women in the workplace, with its Women’s Network receiving the Australian High Commission’s award in recognition of its work on International Women’s Day.
CSSI has also undergone an important shift in how it sees its role. Its main focus is now on rehabilitation, rather than punishing offenders, to enable them to become productive members of society once again.
Mr Perry adds, this was given an important boost very recently with the enactment of the Corrective Services (Parole) Regulations 2014, adding it is no coincidence that CSSI has such a strong leader at the helm.
From 2003-2013, Australia supported the development of the Solomon Islands justice sector through RAMSI. This support was moved to Australia’s bilateral aid program in July last year.