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NICRO Responds to Crime Stats indicating South Africans are Under Siege

The recent release of the crime statistics report, which details crime levels in South Africa between April 1, 2016 and March 31 this year, has once again solicited mixed reactions from Government, political parties and civil society.

The Making of a Criminal: Part 2

We are delighted to invite you to participate in our exciting events we are hosting at the Artscape Theatre from 28 to 30 September.

Drunk Driving Crash Shattered Woman's Life

Drinking and driving may seem okay to do at the time and people may shrug and say "I arrived home safe and no one was hurt, so why not do it?"

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.