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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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




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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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.



 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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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.




NICRO contributed to:

n  Probation Services Bill

n  Community-based Sentencing

n  Correctional Services & Supervision Bill

n  Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998

n  Sexual Offences Bill

n  Service Charter for Victims of Crime

n  Implementing and promoting diversion and non-custodial services

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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.