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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

            
  DIVERSION

 
  NON-CUSTODIAL SENTENCING

 
  OFFENDER RE-INTEGRATION
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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