There are many services available for individuals in Moose Jaw.
Adult Alternative Measures Program
Alternative Measures refers to means other than the formal court process for adults charged with certain offenses as approved by the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecutor. In order for an offense to be eligible to be referred for the program, adults are required to take responsibility for committing the offence. The John Howard Society arranges a face-to-face meeting between the offender and victim. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of repairing harm and deterring the offender from further criminal activity. The goal is to address underlying issues and focus on education and information. Upon successful completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts. This program is centered on the belief that justice is best determined by those directly involved.
Extrajudicial Sanctions Program for Youth
Extrajudicial Sanctions Program provides an alternative to the traditional court process for youth charged with offences set out as part of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This program offers youth the opportunity to make amends to victims and the community. Values, principles and processes of Restorative Justice are drawn upon. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of repairing harm and deterring the youth from further criminal activity. The goal is to address underlying issues and focus on education and information. Upon successful completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts. The program supports healing, reintegration, and the prevention of future harm.
Community Justice Forum for Adult and Youth
This process is based on the principles of restorative justice and community healing. A Community Justice Forum is a safe environment in which an offender, victim and their families along with supporters, relevant community members and professionals are brought together under the guidance of trained John Howard facilitators. A discussion about how everyone was affected takes place, and together an agreement is developed to aid in restoring the harm that was done.
Fine Option Program for Adult and Youth
Fine Option provides an alternative to paying out of pocket for certain fines. People are registered through one of our branches and then placed in a volunteer work arrangement with a nonprofit community organization where the fine is worked off. John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is the largest Fine Option provider in the province matching more than 3,900 people with volunteer placements last year totaling more than 99,000 hours of volunteer support in the community.
Community Service Order Program for Adult and Youth
A Community Service Order is a court imposed sentence. An individual is ordered by the court to perform a specified number of hours of community service. The individual is assessed, placed at a nonprofit community organization and monitored by a placement agent. The court and the probation officer are notified upon completion.
Stop-Lift Program for Adult and Youth
The Stop-Lift Program is designed specifically for individuals who have been charged with theft or property offences. The primary focus of the program is educational and informational, using a structured group process. The aim of the program is to create awareness in the offender of the effects of his or her actions on the victim, themselves, the community and society at large. The program also provides an opportunity for the offender to reflect on his or her development, discuss values and issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure and decision making skills.
Crime Prevention Program for Youth
The Crime Prevention Program is offered to elementary schools for children attending grade four to grade eight. The program is aimed at reducing the likelihood of children becoming involved in criminal activity. The series of presentations focus on information and include educational activities about the justice system, the concept of criminal responsibility, conflict resolution, peer pressure and values.
Community Collaboration and Engagement
John Howard Society caseworkers are also involved with several committees and community initiatives. Staff deliver educational presentations that include topics regarding the history of John Howard Society, services and programs offered by JHSS and information on the justice system. These presentations are offered to high schools, community agencies/partners and for community events. Community referrals are accepted and provide active educational and informational opportunities to engage in a restorative justice process of repairing harm caused by criminal behaviors. JHSS strives for inclusiveness – effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.