NICRO has rendered non-custodial sentencing services in South Africa under DFID funding since 2008. This report covers the 2011 – 2012 period.
In 2009 NICRO created an online knowledge forum that focuses on the criminal justice sector. The forum is intended for criminal justice academics, practitioners, researchers and members of the judiciary. To join the forum, you have to sign up and have your request approved. There are currently 131 members. The forum boasts a searchable research [...]
A presentation by Basil King – Senior Magistrate at Justice College in Pretoria, Lecturer & Trainer in the Judicial Training Section involved in the Criminal Court training component (since 1990). View the article online HERE To download, right-click HERE and select ‘save link as’.
In June 2009 the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO) undertook a small-scale survey of public attitudes towards crime, punishment and rehabilitation. The purpose of the survey was to generate preliminary baseline values for a non-custodial sentencing (NCS) project NICRO is currently implementing nationwide. One aspect of the goal of [...]
In order to promote engagement and discussion around the issue of non-custodial sentencing, NICRO established a Local Reference Group which operated for one year at a nationa level. Members included NICRO staff, Judge Nathan Erasmus, Judge Deon van Zyl, Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann, Magistrate Desmond Nair and Traditional Leader Chief Vusi Nhlapo. View the article [...]
In order to promote awareness and support for non-custodial sentencing, NICRO held a national stakeholder workshop in Cape Town for magistrates, judges and other criminal justice practitioners. These are the notes from the seminar. View the article online HERE To download, right-click HERE and select ‘save link as’.
Challenges and Solutions That Emerged in the Review Presentation: Non-compliance of sentenced offenders: ensuring consistency in managing non-compliance at all sites. Vacuum in legislation regarding case management of sentenced offenders. Magistrates and judges do not have the time / capacity to follow the progress of offenders. Increasing the role of DSD, SAPS, DCS and magistrates [...]
Diversion programmes are the cores to a successful comprehensive Juvenile Justice System. These programmes, initiated by NICRO, strive to channel and divert young people away from criminal behaviour and tendencies into programmes that make them accountable and responsible for their actions, and where possible, repairing the damage by their crimes. Withdrawal of their cases by [...]
Venessa C. T. Padayachee and Arina Smit Book Review: Maruna, S., & Immarigeon, R. (Eds.). (2004). After Crime and Punishment: Pathways to Offender Reintegration. Devon, UK: Willan. 290 pp International Criminal Justice Review September 2007 17: 243-245,
In 2002 NICRO commissioned this evaluation of the Offender Reintegration Programme (hereafter The Reintegration Programme or the Programme) that was implemented jointly with Working for Water (Department of Water Affairs and Forestry) and funded by the Department of Social Development. The aim of this evaluation was to ascertain the impact of the Programme. A description [...]