Myth: The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) primarily works with criminals who are either in jail or who are in the community.

Fact:
The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan does work with young men and adults, serving their sentence or after leaving incarnation, it is only a small part of what services we deliver on a daily basis.

Our LYNC (Linking Youths Needs to the Community) program offers young people with a high risk to reoffend a positive connection to sustainable supports in the community. Risk is managed by enhancing youth’s personal assets and skill base and promoting healthy lifestyles.

We also deliver the Alternative Measures and Youth Extra-judicial Sanctions (EJS) programs. These programs are for minor criminal offenses. The John Howard Society arranges a face to face meeting between the offender and victim. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of resolving the conflict through a mediation agreement and hopefully deterring the offender from further criminal activity. Upon completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts.

Approximately 70% of the work JHSS delivers is with “At Risk” youth and young adults, who have no connection to the criminal justice system. We run 5 youth homes for males age 12 – 20, who may otherwise be homeless, serving over 30,000 meals a year!. We deliver Outreach Services in the community to reach vulnerable youth. Our Supported Independent Living program assists youth as they transition to independent living.
Did you know the JHSS is the largest Fine Option agent in the province. Each year we connect thousands of individuals with community partners where they work to pay off their fines.

Myth: John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is against incarceration.

Fact: John Howard Society recognizes that incarnation is a
necessary sanction for serious and violent offenses.
Our sole interest is in effective, just and humane treatment when people are sent to prison.

Rehabilitation needs to start once they begin their sentence to properly prepare them to re-enter society.

This process helps to ensure safer communities, lower recidivism rates and reduces taxpayer costs.

Executive Director – Saskatoon Branch
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan

Overview:

John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide youth, victims, offenders, families, and communities with programs, public education, and advocacy toward effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

JHSS is committed to delivering quality programs that achieve and demonstrate the best outcomes and impacts for our clients. Through evidence-based methodology, our aim is to expand our range of service to meet the complex needs of our clients and the community.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Provincial Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of an annual budget of approximately $3.5 million and a team of approximately 50 in and out of scope employees. The Executive Director provides leadership, vision, and strategic management of all Branch operations.

Duties:

This position provides leadership that fosters a positive, robust agency team. The successful candidate will operate with a high level of rigor and ethics.
The Executive Director will work in collaboration with the corporate Provincial Office, staff members, and community partners to further the strategic and operational plans and organizational vision.
The Executive Director has the authority to direct the implementation of the Branch’s programs and services, and is responsible for the management of all staff members and volunteers in compliance with relevant policies and legislation.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
– Post-secondary degree in Human Services and/or Business Administration.
– Minimum of three (3) years management experience in a non-profit agency at a senior level.
– Record of success and accomplishment in senior executive and leadership roles in the non-profit sector (ideally with specific experience providing services in human services sector, community corrections, criminal justice, and/or human rights).
– Strong record in resource attainment, grant writing, marketing, and social enterprise.
– Demonstration of personal and professional integrity.
– Knowledge of community resources and government policies and programs.
– Ability to develop and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with staff, government officials, and key stakeholders.
– Effective written and verbal communication skills to support JHSS advocacy, partnership building, public relations, marketing, and fundraising.
Above all, the successful candidate must demonstrate genuine dedication to JHSS values and mission.

Essential Skills:
Leadership:
Lead JHSS’s Saskatoon Branch in the spirit of consultation, collaboration, and open, respectful communication.
Encourage supportive and creative team environment through open communication and positive relationship building with staff.
Strategic Planning:
Operationalize the long-term vision and strategic plan for JHSS, overseeing successful development and implementation of Branch programs and services.
Human Resources Planning and Management:
Establish a positive, healthy, inclusive, and safe work environment in accordance with relevant legislation and internal policies, including Saskatchewan Labour Legislation, JHSS Collective Agreement, and John Howard National Risk Policy.
Ensure effective recruitment, hiring, training, and work performance practices are administered, including coaching and progressive discipline, in compliance with policies and legislation.
Encourage staff to develop professional skills and maximize opportunities.
Financial Planning and Management:
Ensure sound financial management practice, oversee financial reporting, and administer JHSS funds in accordance with the Board-approved budget.
Ensure financial accountability, transparency, and growth through effective financial systems and controls.
Ensure contracts and financial agreements are consistent with approved budgets.
Community Relations and Education:
Participate in relevant community committees and networks.
Promote community partnerships and integrated service opportunities advancing organizational goals.
Promote and exemplify the JHSS mission and goals in the community and across the province.

How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and experience to hr@sk.johnhoward.ca by noon, Monday, March 27th.

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Prison overcrowding in Saskatchewan due to people on remand

WATCH ABOVE: Greg Fleet, the CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, says jail overcrowding in the province is mainly due to people on remand. In this interview with Lisa Dutton, he says there are options that could help ease the situation while keeping communities safe.
The CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan believes there are options available to the government to reduce prison overcrowding.

A report released by provincial auditor Judy Ferguson on Dec. 8 found that the prison population had grown by 51 per cent since 2006, with a 104 per cent increase in the number of inmates on remand.

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan has wrapped up it’s events from this years Restorative Justice Week.

While success can be measured in many ways, there is no better measuring stick than knowing that through the combined efforts of it’s many partners, the John Howard Society has made a huge difference in the community.

From Regina, to Moose Jaw to Saskatoon, testimonials and events showcased our many responsibilities. A special thanks to all who contributed and especially to our dedicated, committed and professional staff…

Thank you from the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.

JHSS Saskatoon’s Executive Director – Marc Perrault Spoke with CTV Morning News as part of Restorative Justice Week.

http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1001193&binId=1.1165954&playlistPageNum=1

 

Photo’s from Restorative Justice Week 2016

Mayor Fraser Tolmie signs a proclamation recognizing the week of November 20th to 27th, 2016 as ‘The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan Restorative Justice Week’, in the City of Moose Jaw.

Attending with the mayor were: front row from left Jaime Boldt (Executive Director, Regina and Moose Jaw John Howard Society) and Greg Fleet (Chief Executive Officer, John Howard Society of Saskatchewan); back row from left Crystal Peterson, Jon Hui, Andrea Dyck and Lindsay Wilcox.

The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization committed to the development and implementation of policies and programs which lead to improvements in the Canadian Justice System. The primary objective is to seek the means to reduce the consequences of criminal experiences for all those affected by it.

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The CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan has welcomed the news that the government intends to find ways to reduce remand numbers in provincial jails.

Greg Fleet said the Justice Ministrys announcement that it wants to see changes regarding remand is encouraging given that many in remand pose little threat to public safety.

Fleet said there needs to be alternative ways of incarceration when dealing with those who breach conditions and those serving time for non-violent offences.

Reducing the prison population should allow for less use of segregation, better programming for serving their sentences and ultimately creating a more Effective, Just and Humane environment he said.

Fleets remarks follow the governments announcement that an increase in inmate numbers is costing the province an additional ten million dollars a year.

Justice Minister Gord Wyant said that there are 1871 inmates at all the facilities, an increase of about 160 over last year.

“At 62 thousand dollars a year,” Wyant said, “that’s enough to impact the upcoming provincial budget.”

With inmates on remand making up about 60 per cent of the population in provincial jails, the Justice Minister said the province needs to be finding ways to reduce those numbers to make sure that the province is only incarcerating people temporarily.

While the ministry will be working with Crown Prosecutors and the courts to have fewer inmates on remand in jail, the John Howard Society with its over 60 years of experience in these matters, is also offering to assist in any way it can.

Fleet is optimistic about the planned changes and is encouraged by the time line indicated by the minister.

 

The CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is raising concerns over the provincial governments plan to do away with mandatory public inquests for deaths at provincial correctional facilities.

Greg Fleet says its important to have complete transparency in the event of a prisoner death.

Public inquests not only shed light on how the individual died, Fleet said, but also present an opportunity to improve conditions so as to not repeat a similar occurrence.

Fleet is surprised that the government did not reach out to community organizations like his to establish a collaborative approach to any changes.

Nothing has been said about what criteria will be used to determine when an inquest will be held, and even if an inmate dies from natural causes, Fleet said, the public and family still need to know the details.

That information might also be an advantage to the prison system as well so as to possible improve health services if needed, said Fleet.

As we approach Restorative Justice Week Nov. 20th to Nov 25th, the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan wants to ensure that the principles of Effective, Just and Humane treatment prevails and that should include all citizens he said.

Further to this said Fleet, the real goal for all citizens is to become involved in creating healthier, safer communities.

This can only be done by working towards meaningful, satisfying and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication and truth he said.