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Soraya Solomon

Nicro CEO

 

We've been speaking for too long, we've got to take action.

We need YOU!

"If you change nothing - Nothing will change"

We are calling on ALL South Africans to join us in BEING the change we want in our country. Find out how you can play a part in doing something about crime and its impact on our society. 

As many as 60 percent of ex-prisoners are unemployed one year after their release from prison.

This signals pending disaster — not only for the ex-prisoners and their families, but also for the broader community. Without a source of income, many ex-prisoners have trouble finding housing. The stress of unemployment also puts people at higher risk of alcohol and drug abuse, particularly for those who already have a history of drug problems.

Confinement in prison distances prisoners from their community. Once they return, unemployment only adds to this sense of disconnection.

Unfortunately, many ex-prisoners lack even the basic skills to start hunting for a job once they get out. 70 percent of prison inmates function at the low end of the literacy range — making it tough to understand a classified ad, fill out a job application, or write a business letter. With so many challenges stacked against them, re-arrests are common within the first six months of release.

By contrast, employment provides ex-prisoners with many benefits: income, of course, but also identity, healthy social interactions, a sense of purpose, and stability. These help to promote a sense of well-being as well as a connection to the community – all of which cuts down on recidivism.

You can help increase the chances of newly-released prisoners finding a job by contacting NICRO today for assistance.

Here’s how to get started:

  •  Plan your strategies.
  •  Select training materials/methods.
  •  Access community resources.
  •  Research benefits of hiring ex-prisoners.
  •  Reach out to potential employers.
  •  Listen to employers.
  •  Provide job-application assistance.

The work you do to help ex-prisoners get and keep good jobs is vital to their successful reentry. Every paycheck boosts morale and helps provide stability for ex-offenders and their families.

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