NICRO provides services to adults and children in conflict with the law. Within the criminal justice system, NICRO has three formal service streams. Each service draws upon the basket of interventions that NICRO offers. The three NICRO service streams access offenders at different points in the criminal justice system:
1. Diversion: where offenders are diverted away from the courts and do not receive a criminal record.
2. Non-Custodial Sentencing: an alternative to serving a sentence in prison, where the offender serves his sentence in the community.
3. Offender Reintegration: prison-based support to enhance an offender’s chance of successfully reintegrating back into society.
All three service streams are open to both adults and children. In addition to the three formal service streams, NICRO also offers interventions for schools, communities and self-referring individuals who access NICRO interventions outside the formal criminal justice system. Click here to access the interventions page.
Most diversion offenders are aged 15-18 and 30-39.
A typical diversion order can consist of community service (20-300 hours), individual counselling, as well as any other intervention offered by NICRO. For more information on the interventions, please click here.
A diversion order can last from one to two years. Once the interventions have been successfully completed, the offender will move into the aftercare and tracking phase. Once in this phase, the offender will be tracked at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months intervals.
Most NCS offenders are aged between 21-22, 30-39 and 17-18 years.
The most common NCS offences are theft, attempted theft, assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm, common assault, housebreaking, attempted housebreaking and driving under the influence.
A typical NCS sentence can consist of community service (20 – 300 hours), lifeskills, individual counselling, as well as any other intervention offered by NICRO. For more information on the interventions, please click here.
A NCS sentence can last from one to two years. Once the interventions have been successfully completed, the offender will move into the aftercare and tracking phase. Once in this phase, the offender will be tracked at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months intervals.
Offender compliance is strictly monitored. If an offender is found to be non-compliant, they will receive a warning and an opportunity to return to the service. If they do not, the social worker will write and submit an affidavit to the court. The court will then decide to issue a warrant for arrest or a summons to court. The offender will then have to explain his or her conduct before the magistrate or judge. Serious non-compliance may result in the offender’s sentence being converted to a prison sentence.
NCS referrals come only from courts.
Offender reintegration (OR) is a service for offenders in prison. The goal of OR is to reduce the obstacles and challenges released prisoners face, which reduces the likelihood that they will commit another offence when they are released. OR begins prior to the offender being released and continues after the offender has been returned to the community.
Any offender in prison may join the OR service if space is available.
Both the offender and his or her family are included in the service. Care continues to be provided for between 6 to 12 months after release from prison. The most common intervention used for OR is the Tough Enough Programme (TEP). For more information on TEP as well as the other NICRO interventions, please click here.