Lasting Relevance
Lasting Relevance

NICRO’s durability and distinction are directly as a result of the lasting relevance of the organisation’s philosophy and purpose

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Since 1910

Founded in September 1910, NICRO was the first organisation in South Africa, to offer services to prisoners and their families. NICRO is one of the largest, longest surviving local, truly South African, NPO’s


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Qualified Staff Only

Direct services by 96 Social Workers with degrees and 36 Auxiliary Social Workers. All Registered with the SACSSP.Work in teams lead by Senior Social Workers.

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Real-time Relevance

NICRO continuously conducts research, reviews, and evaluations to ensure that our services remain relevant, and adequately address social challenges with best practice responses to crime and social crime prevention.

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National Footprint

NICRO’s services are rendered from 16 offices and 53 service points located in communities and/or at courts in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape

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Adding Value

NICRO enjoys recognition as the preferred service provider in the criminal justice sector. We have an unparalleled history in human rights, juvenile justice and criminal justice reform.
We continue to evolve, improve service delivery and change lives meaningfully. We respond to social challenges with relevant and impactful solutions.

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Pioneers & Frontrunners

NICRO introduced probation services and community services as an alternative to imprisonment, pioneered diversion and non-custodial sentencing, and made ground-breaking contributions to South African society and the criminal justice system.

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Notable Contributions

NICRO contributed to:

• Probation Services Bill
• Community-based Sentencing
• Correctional Services & Supervision Bill
• Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998
• Sexual Offences Bill
• Service Charter for Victims of Crime
• Implementing and promoting diversion and non-custodial services


Beyond Boundaries is a life skills programme to address the needs of teenagers who are at risk of coming into conflict with pro-social values and laws. Beyond Boundaries targets at-risk teenagers aged 15 to 18 years.

Beyond Boundaries is a skills training, character building and behaviour change intervention, which also draws on elements of experiential learning, that focuses on improving adolescent social and personal functioning skills. It comprises an introductory session followed by ten further group sessions of approximately two hours each for ten to 15 participants.

The critical life skills, attitudes and values that participants acquire prevent the advancement of at-risk behaviour into established patterns of anti-social, risky and offending behaviour, while advancing positive, healthy lifestyles.

Participants are equipped to respond positively and assertively to pressure to make dangerous / wrong choices and decisions.