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.