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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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"It made me realize that independence is something you can achieve no matter what age you are.” Read Nic's story at Calgary John Howard Society ( @CJHSyyc) https://t.co/YZXseAdhye https://t.co/2pkDCfPrzC
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John Howard Society of Alberta8 hours ago

John Howard Edmonton is "providing self-study workbooks for our Building Foundation Programs: Anger Management, Employment, Preparation and Financial Literacy Workshops for Albertans age 16+. Everyone is welcome ! Call 780-428-7590...

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From MB: "The goal of the YCJA and the youth criminal justice system isn’t just to punish - it’s to teach."

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From BC: "I've never met a single person who ever chose to be a drug addict." Amid rising hostility toward drug users in Vancouver, Gabor Maté urges empathy https://t.co/HdzCKAkoRU
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John Howard Society of Alberta2 days ago

"According to the researchers, a jail subculture exists in Canada in which radicalized inmates are vilified and in which other inmates are willing to break the usual “code of silence”...

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