Partners and stakeholders:

“Founded in September 1910, NICRO is one of the largest, most enduring South African non-profit organisations. The organisation, which specialises in social crime prevention and offender reintegration, boasts a rich, unparalleled history in human rights, juvenile justice and innovative criminal justice reform.”

“Beyond Bars Akademia (BBA) fights the stigma surrounding ex-offenders, by training and empowering women to live a successful career in hospitality and make the right choices in life.”

“In 2011, John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis posed the following question: ‘If over 700,000 people are leaving our prisons, how should the nation’s educational institutions be organized to help them make a successful transition to free society?’ The result of his query is the Prison-to-College Pipeline (P2CP), an innovative educational program founded by John Jay English professor Baz Dreisinger. P2CP is administered by the Prisoner Reentry Institute in partnership with Hostos Community College and provides prisoners with access to public university-level education, mentorship, and community support to increase their chances of timely graduation and employment upon release.”

“The Rotaract Club of Port Elizabeth falls under the Rotary International District 9320. In existence since 1965, this well established Club had its origins as a Rotors Club. The Rotaract Club is a non-profit charity organisation that serves the community of Port Elizabeth.

Zonk’Izizwe Odds Development (ZOD) is the NGO which was founded by offenders with the aim of giving back to the society,by utilising skills and qualification they acquired while in prison. Zonk’Izizwe Odds Development aim to create the platform for ex-offenders to market their skills,talents, and qualifications. MOTTO: ‘WE BELONG TOGETHER’

“Wits Justice Project (WJP) is a project of the Journalism Department in the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS). It is a donor funded investigative journalism project which harnesses the power of the media to obtain justice when the justice system fails to do so. The WJP investigates human rights abuses and miscarriages of justice related to the criminal justice system and publishes its findings.  The WJP raises public awareness of systemic problems within South Africa’s criminal justice system. It liaises with stakeholders to address transgressions and abuse, conducts thematic research in an attempt to influence policy reform and advocates for change.”

“Community engagement – Community engagement is defined as the scholarly activity of academic research and teaching that involves external communities and stakeholders in collaborative activities that address the critical development imperatives of South Africa and the African continent while also enriching the teaching, learning and research objectives of the university. Community engagement is a reciprocal process where knowledge and skills are mobilised by the institution to support development imperatives, while community knowledge and agency are absorbed by the institution to create socially responsive curriculum and research.

Community engaged research – Community engaged research is a collaborative process between the researcher and the engaged community that creates and disseminates knowledge with the goal of enriching academic praxis while strengthening the wellbeing of the community and supporting the human development agenda.

Community engaged teaching – Community engaged teaching refers to course- or curriculum-related teaching/learning activities that involve communities in a mutually beneficial manner. This includes internships, field placements, service learning and other community-based learning experiences.”