NICRO’s Crime Prevention Services
NICRO offers innovative developmental and therapeutic interventions for juvenile and adult offenders, their families and the community, which involve life-changing programmes that have a significant and measurable impact on crime reduction. NICRO’s three core services, rendered throughout South Africa with the exception of the North West, comprise:
Diversion - a specialist developmental, therapeutic intervention that diverts children, young people and adults in the pre-trial phase away from the formal justice system into a range of programmes that empower them with essential skills, attitudes, values and pro-social behaviour to prevent re-offending and reduce the commission of crime.
Offender Reintegration - offering a holistic, therapeutic rehabilitation intervention, development opportunities and integrated support services for incarcerated juvenile and adult offenders, former offenders who have already served a prison term, as well as members of their families. This client and family-centred service focuses on reform, terminating offending behaviour, addressing the needs and risk factors of offenders and entrenching constructive behaviour patterns that support pro-social behaviour. It facilitates the successful re-entry of the former offender into the community and society as law abiding, constructive and contributing citizens.
Non-Custodial Sentencing (NCS) - which offers a wide range of appropriate psycho-educational, therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions to which convicted lower-risk child and adult offenders who have committed crimes can be sentenced, rather than to serve a prison term. Non-custodial sentences are alternative sentences to imprisonment. By attending a range of interventions designed to equip offenders to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society, offenders have a better chance of changing their offending behaviour and going on to live crime-free lives to the benefit of all South Africans.
NICRO’s interventions, which are grounded in the principles of restorative justice, in their totality, are aimed at:
- Encouraging and promoting community participation and community building
- Offering people-centred development opportunities
- Ensuring that no further harm is done
- Making the offender aware of harm caused to the victim(s)
- Holding the offender accountable for his/her behaviour and actions
- Assisting offenders to take responsibility at an individual level
- Repairing the harm / damage caused
- Involving all those affected in the criminal justice process
- Respecting and listening to the voice of the victim
- Considering and addressing the needs of the victim
- Clearing the path to change
- Allowing human connections to be made, and
- Nurturing a culture that values personal morality and encourages accountability and responsibility