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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.

Latest News

JohnHowardSocietyAB14 hours ago
"Robert Raymond Cook, the last person to die by capital punishment in Alberta, protested his innocence in the deaths of seven members of his own family until the day he...
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John Howard Society of Alberta14 hours ago

When it comes to crime, we should be focused on evidence, not perception.

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John Howard Society of Alberta2 days ago

"Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, said that if the bill of rights does undergo a parliamentary review, MPs must keep in mind that victims...

JohnHowardSocietyAB3 days ago
We have another podcast coming to you today for #SpotlightOnSolitary! Join Catherine Latimer of @JohnHoward_Can and Lawrence Da Silva in conversation on their podcast "Voices Inside & Out". Listen...
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John Howard Society of Alberta5 days ago

John Howard Calgary writes: "How can Restorative Justice help to prevent family violence? Victims want alternatives to the criminal justice system, like Restorative Justice, & routinely choose them when given...

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