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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. NICRO renders life changing services to approximately 12 000 to 15 000 direct beneficiaries and touches the lives of between 40 000 and 50 000 South Africans each year.

NICRO enjoys widespread recognition as the preferred service provider within the criminal justice sector and commands enormous respect for its innovative approach to social crime prevention. All interventions are geared towards creating conditions in which the opportunities and motivation for committing crime are significantly reduced and ultimately eliminated. [1]

Not only do we offer our full basket of services, but we also have a range of special projects that we focus on here at NICRO. The projects mainly centre on offender reintegration, diversion and creating public awareness.

Help I am Free! Programme

A NICRO programme that uses theatre as a tool for offender reintegration. The programme aims to transfer new skills and opportunities to participants, enabling them to live as a constructive participating citizen after release from prison. The work is artistically orientated towards the production of a play and live performances at Artscape. This programme is offered in Pollsmoor and Goodwood Correctional Centres, in Western Cape ONLY

Public Awareness Projects

Raising public awareness regarding crime prevention and safety through specific planned events, poster campaigns, websites, documentaries, newspaper articles, in schools and workplaces through providing information, explaining issues and disseminating knowledge to people so that they can make informed decisions. First, there is general public awareness, which involves widespread understanding and acknowledgement of the issues on a societal level – such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), Victimisation; Domestic Violence; Gangsterism; etc. Second, there is self-awareness, which occurs when individuals understand how the concept of safe places, crime and crime prevention affects them personally. [2]