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Who Are We?

The John Howard Society of Alberta is a non-profit agency concerned with the problem of crime and its prevention. The organization takes its name and spirit from the 18th century humanitarian John Howard, whose name has become a symbol of humane consideration for prisoners. It was incorporated in 1949, and today the organization consists of seven separately incorporated districts along with the Provincial Office.

We believe that crime control is as much the responsibility of the community as it is of government. Through involvement with the John Howard Society, as members or volunteers, people in the community play an active role in the criminal justice process by providing programs for offenders and their families, ex-offenders, young persons and the public.

Our Vision

A socially just, harmonious and safe community.

Our Mission

Advancing the work of the John Howard Societies across Alberta through promotion, research and public education on issues of public safety and crime prevention.

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At the age of 17, Karl was sentenced to life without parole. After 48 years in prison he is finally home. “I never gave up. I never lost hope.” https://t.co/WjxsmITnOt
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Education program for Manitoba inmates helps give hope for life after incarceration: Kudos Stony Mountain + Walls to Bridges program! https://t.co/eqWOMqSONx
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From the US: Teen Poet Reframes Justice System Through Incarcerated Voices https://bit.ly/3OyKw2E

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From the US: Teen Poet Reframes Justice System Through Incarcerated Voices https://t.co/9RGo77Yrlx
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"An Ottawa-area woman and a civil rights group are asking an Ontario court to strike down a law they say allows officials...to strip search those in custody 'even in the absence of any specified reason or security rationale.'" https://yhoo.it/39OB1O9

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"A research team led by a University of Alberta scholar has received nearly $2.5 million in new federal funding for a national research project aimed at reforming the Canadian justice system." https://bit.ly/3OlSbS0 #crimeresearch #crimeprevention

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John Howard Society of Alberta
6909 - 116 St.
Edmonton, Alberta
T6H 4P2