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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

JohnHowardSocietyAB3 hours ago
Great story shared by @CAEFS: Orchestra and inmates collaborate for Saint John show https://t.co/cVGGuozQN7
John Howard Society of Alberta
John Howard Society of Alberta3 hours ago

John Howard Canada writes on Twitter: "Implication here is that Correctional Investigator is concerned that prisoners may be being tortured in this COVID period. Needs immediate investigation and, if true,...

JohnHowardSocietyAB1 day ago
RT @JohnHoward_Can: "Prison riots are dangerous: Every effort should be made to prevent them, including an effective grievance system and input from prisoners." https://t.co/dOawD5mWEy
John Howard Society of Alberta
John Howard Society of Alberta1 day ago

On this story, John Howard Canada writes: "Prison riots are dangerous: Every effort should be made to prevent them, including an effective grievance system and input from prisoners."

John Howard Society of Alberta
John Howard Society of Alberta2 days ago

Great story shared by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.

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