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Over the years, the John Howard Society of Alberta has created a large collection of research & policy documents for public legal education.

We are pleased to offer the public as much of our older materials as possible, in order to assist researchers, students, and anyone else interested in the history of criminal justice in Alberta and Canada.

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An Important Note

Some of the documents listed below are no longer accurate due to changes in legislation or policy, and so are primarily useful for research purposes only. If you are concerned, please contact us and we can give you more information about current legislation and policy.

All documents below are in PDF format except where indicated.

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A Closer Look at Youth and Crime in Canada (2008)The Canadian public’s perception that the youth crime rate is a growing phenomena in society …2008/01/01

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A Guide to the Young Offenders Act in Alberta (4th Edition)  (NOTE: This document is more of historical interest, since it was replaced by the Youth …1996/01/01

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ALCL0101 – Alcohol and the Law(Activity – Intended for Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document is intended for use as a …, 2011/03/01

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alcohol education
Alternative Custody Programs for Youth (1997)A description of the differences among wilderness camps, boot camps and work camps for young …1997/01/01

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An Analysis of the Issue of “Delay” for Sentencing Purposes by Accused Held in Remand (March 2009)“…officials within the justice system, primarily Attorney’s-General, Solicitors-General, and police, have publicly commented that a …, 2009/03/01

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responses sentences
An Examination of Citizen Involvement in Complaints Regarding Police (2005)“On June 16, 2004, the Edmonton Police Commission held a public hearing on the issue …, 2005/01/01

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police responses
Attendance Centres (2000)An examination of attendance centre programs for adult and young offenders. The issues surrounding attendance …2000/01/01

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sentences
Batterers’ Treatment Programs (2001)An examination of the factors that mark risk for battering and repeated battering and of …2001/01/01

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special-needs-offenders
BLYG0101 – Bullying: Overview

Document Type: Reference – Intended For: Teachers The Overview is intended to provide a basic working …, 2010/10/01

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bullying education
BLYG0201 – Bullying: Building a Definition

(Lesson – Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This package helps to facilitate a discussion of …, 2010/10/01

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BLYG0202 – Bullying: Guidelines for Discussion

(Guide – Intended For: Teachers) This document offers guidelines for constructive, fair and respectful discussion with …, 2010/11/01

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BLYG0203 – Bullying: Empathy Activity

(Activity – Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This activity explores the emotional impact of bullying and …, 2010/11/01

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bullying education
BLYG0204 – Bullying: Rules and Bylaws

(Activity – Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This activity explores the purpose and effect of rules …, 2010/11/01

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bullying education
BLYG0205 – Bullying and the Criminal Code

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This activity addresses and explores the legal consequences of bullying particularly …, 2010/11/01

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bullying education
Boot Camps: Issues for Canada (1998)An examination of boot camp design, structure and utility. The remarkable growth of boot camps …1998/01/01

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imprisonment
Brief: Response to the Alberta Summit on Justice (1998)Our response to the Summit on Justice consultation process. The paper presents our views on …, 1998/09/01

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Community Based Sex Offender Treatment Programs (1997)A review of community based treatment programs for sex offenders. Two British Columbia programs and …1997/01/01

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special-needs-offenders
Community Corrections (1998)A discussion of the evolution of community corrections over the past 30 years. Among the …1998/01/01

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Community Notification (1997)An exploration of the practice of notifying communities of the release of potentially dangerous individuals. …1997/01/01

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Conditional Sentences (2000)An analysis of the use of the conditio nal sentence of imprisonment in Canada since …2000/01/01

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Correctional User Fees (1995)An examination of the collection of user fees in corrections. Issues and concerns surrounding user …1995/01/01

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Correctional User Fees (2001)An examination of the collection of user fees in corrections. Issues and concerns surrounding user …2001/01/01

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Cost of Criminal Justice (1997)An analysis of the cost of criminal justice in Canada. This paper examines the six …1997/01/01

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Crime Prevention Through Social Development (2000)A brief review describing the concept of crime prevention through social development (CPSD). It details …1995/01/01

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Crime Prevention Through Social Development: A Literature Review (1995)A comprehensive review of CPSD theory and research intended to supplement the Resource Guide. Download1995/01/01

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Crime Prevention Through Social Development: A Resource Guide (1995)A document intended to help transform the theory of crime prevention through social development (CPSD) …1995/01/01

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Criminal Justice Reform (2007)A brief position paper in response to the Harper government’s “get tough on crime” position. …, 2007/01/01

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Dangerous Offender Legislation Around the World (1999)A literature review exploring dangerous offender legislation and practices around the world, including a brief …1999/01/01

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special-needs-offenders
DRGS0101 – Drugs: General Information and the Law

(Intended For: Teachers) This overview is intended to provide a basic working knowledge on the subject …, 2010/12/01

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drugs education
DRGS0201 – Drugs: Case Study (Taylor’s Story)

Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level This package helps teachers and others to facilitate a …, 2010/12/01

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Effects of Long Term Incarceration (1999)An overview of the effects of long-term incarceration and the ways in which prisoners deal …1999/01/01

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imprisonment
Electronic (Radio Frequency) and GPS Monitored Community Based Supervision Programs (2006)As an update of the JHS paper on Electronic Monitoring (2000), this paper reflects two …2006/01/01

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sentences
Electronic Monitoring (2000)An examination of electronic monitoring technology and programs worldwide, particularly their use in the United …2000/01/01

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sentences
Fact Sheet – Prisons and Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her …2011/04/02

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Fact Sheet – Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is any initiative or policy which reduces or eliminates victimization or the risk …2011/04/01

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Fact Sheet – Halfway Houses, Part 1

Essentially, a halfway house is a community-based residential facility (CRF) that serves as a place …2011/12/01

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Fact Sheet – Halfway Houses, Part 2

Is there a general profile of halfway house clients? The last comprehensive survey of halfway …2011/12/02

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Fact Sheet – Pardons

Pardons are issued by the National Parole Board; 400,000 issued since inception (1970); 96% still …2011/05/01

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Fear of Crime (1998)A literature review examining the extent to which people fear crime, the factors associated with …1998/01/01

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Fear of Crime (1999)A literature review examining the extent to which people fear crime, the factors associated with …1999/01/01

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FMVL0101 – Family Violence: Building a Definition

(Intended For: Teachers) This document defines family violence, and the types of abuse that can happen …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0102 – Family Violence: Facts to Consider

Intended For: Teachers This document defines family violence, and the types of abuse that can happen …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0103 – Family Violence: Is This Me?

Intended For: Teachers This document provides encouragement and advice if your own relationship may be abusive. …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0104 – Family Violence: Recognizing and Helping

(Intended For: Teachers) This document offers advice and guidance to educators and others who suspect someone …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0105 – Family Violence: Child Abuse Signs and Symptoms

(Intended For: Teachers, General Public) This document offers educators a list of signs & symptoms of …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0106 – Family Violence: Child Abuse, Reporting and the Law

(Intended For: Teachers) This document details what educators should do if they suspect child abuse. This …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0107 – Family Violence: Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

(Intended For: Teachers) This document describes the cycle of violence, and how abusive environments harm children …, 2010/12/01

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FMVL0108 – Family Violence: Actions and Resources

(Intended For: Teachers) This document offers concrete suggestions for actions to be taken by educators, men, …, 2010/12/01

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Gangs (2001)A review of media, law enforcement, government and academic perspectives on gangs. Existing individual, community …2001/01/01

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social-policy
GNGS0101 – Gangs: Overview

(Intended For: Teachers) This backgrounder will help you better understand what a gang is, who is …, 2010/12/01

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GNGS0201 – Gangs: Defining Gangs

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This activity directs the student to an understanding of what a …, 2010/12/01

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GNGS0202 – Gangs: Novel Study – Character Profile

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This activity is designed to be used with the …, 2010/12/01

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Gun Control and Crime Prevention (1995)This paper will examine gun control within the broader context of crime prevention. Specifically, the …1995/01/01

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Halfway Houses (2001)A general overview of the place of halfway houses in the criminal justice system, how …2001/01/01

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post-imprisonment-and-aftercare
Harsh Reality of the Young Offenders Act (1999)An analysis of whether the justice system treats young people more harshly than adults. Examines …1999/01/01

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youth-justice
History of the John Howard Society of Alberta (1998)A description of the Society’s significant contributions since its inception in 1949. The structure of …1998/01/01

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the-john-howard-society
Inmate Education (1997)An overview of inmate education in the federal penitentiary system. The unique needs of inmate …1997/01/01

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imprisonment
Inmate Education (2002)An overview of inmate education in the federal penitentiary system. The unique needs of inmate …2002/01/01

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imprisonment
Inmate Industries (1997)A discussion of the history and development of inmate industries. The paper provides an overview …1997/01/01

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imprisonment
Inmate Industries (2002)A discussion of the history and development of inmate industries. The paper provides an overview …2002/01/01

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imprisonment
Inmate Rights and Grievance Options (1998)An examination of inmates’ rights (past and present) as w ell as the grievance procedures …1998/01/01

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imprisonment
Inmate Voting Rights (1999)An examination of inmate voting rights in Canada. The issues surrounding inmate voting rights are …1999/01/01

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imprisonment
Inmate Voting Rights (2000)An examination of inmate voting rights in Canada. The issues surrounding inmate voting rights are …2000/01/01

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imprisonment
John Howard: Portrait of a Hero (1991)An in-depth look at John Howard, the person, as well as at how the legacy …1991/01/01

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the-john-howard-society
Justice for Young Offenders (1999)A comparison of the Juvenile Delinquents Act, the Young Offenders Act and the proposed Youth …1999/01/01

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youth-justice
Justice for Young Offenders (2007)A comparison of the Juvenile Delinquents Act, the Young Offenders Act and the proposed Youth …2007/01/01

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youth-justice
Life Imprisonment (1998)An analysis focussing on the provisions for life imp risonment sentencing and the number of …1998/01/01

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imprisonment
Life Imprisonment (1999)An analysis focussing on the provisions for life imp risonment sentencing and the number of …1999/01/01

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imprisonment
List of HIV/AIDS /Hepatitis C and NPNU Resources in Alberta (2001)NOTE: This document was prepared by our office in 2001 as part of our work on …2001/01/01

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guides
NEWC0101 – Newcomers: Class Activities

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document contains suggestions for a number of class activities …, 2011/05/01

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NEWC0102 – Newcomers: Questions and Answers

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This document contains a series of questions and answers aimed at …, 2011/05/01

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Offender Registry (2001)Our response to existing and proposed forms of offender registry, which is a form of …2001/01/01

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Offender Risk Assessment (2000)“Risk assessment plays a crucial role in dangerous offender proceedings. While the Canadian criminal justice …2000/01/01

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re-offending
Parental Liability Laws (1997)An examination of increased interest in holding parents accountable for their children’s actions. Parental liability …1997/01/01

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youth-justice
Prison and Jail Suicide (1999)A look at suicide, which is the most common cause of death in Canadian correctional …1999/01/01

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imprisonment
Prison Overcrowding (1996)A briefing paper citing the problems of overcrowding in Canadian prisons, particularly in federal penitentiaries. …1996/01/01

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imprisonment
Private Prisons (1994)1994/01/01

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privatization
Private Prisons (2002)An examination of the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the private prisons debate. (An update …2002/01/01

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privatization
Privatization of Corrections (1998)A review of the literature pertaining to the privatization of corrections. The problems and advantages …1998/01/01

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privatization
Prostitution (1996)A review of the literature on prostitution. The risk factors associated with entry into prostitution …1996/01/01

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Prostitution (2001)A review of the literature on prostitution. The risk factors associated with entry into prostitution …2001/01/01

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social-policy
Recidivism and Short Term Inmates (2002)“The definition of recidivism varies depending on the manner in which researchers measure it. Generally, …, 2002/01/01

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post-imprisonment-and-aftercare re-offending
Response (1992) to the Young Offenders Act AmendmentsOur response to Bill C-12, proposed amendments to the Young Offenders Act. These proposals increased …, 1992/01/01

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Response (1994) to Sentencing AmendmentsOur response to Bill C-41, amendments to the sentencing provisions in the Criminal Code. Download, 1994/01/01

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Response (1994) to the Young Offenders Act AmendmentsOur response to the specific amendments to the Young Offenders Act proposed in Bill C-37. …, 1994/01/01

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Response to Corrections and Conditional Release Act Amendments (1994)Our response to Bill C-45, proposed changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. More …, 1994/01/01

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post-imprisonment-and-aftercare responses
Response to Dangerous Offender Proposals (1993)Our response to proposed changes to Canada’s dangerous offender laws. This paper details the proposed …, 2011/01/01

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responses special-needs-offenders
Response to High Risk Offender Proposals (1997)The John Howard Society of Canada’s response to Bill C- 55, amendments to the Corrections …, 1997/01/01

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responses special-needs-offenders
Response to Proposed Corrections and Conditional Release Act (1992)Our response to Bill C-36, the proposed Corrections and Conditional Release Act. Details our position …, 1992/01/01

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post-imprisonment-and-aftercare responses
Response to Renewing Youth Justice (1997)Our response to the recommendations contained in Renewing Youth Justice, Thirteenth Report of the Standing …, 1997/01/01

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Response to the Alberta Summit on Justice (1998)“The current Canadian criminal justice system claims a number of goals, but the essence of …1998/01/01

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Response to the Young Offenders Act Provincial Review (1994)Our response to the youth justice issues raised in the government of Alberta’s Discussion Document. …, 1994/01/01

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Restorative Justice (1997)A description of the concept of restorative justice. It examines the emergence of restorative justice …1997/01/01

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restorative-justice
Role of the Police (1997)An examination of the present roles and functions of police in society, the origin of …1997/01/01

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RSTJ0101 – Restorative Justice: Introduction

(Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document is a brief introduction to the topic …, 2011/07/01

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RSTJ0201 – Restorative Justice: Classroom Activities

(Intended For: Secondary Grade Level) This document contains a series of worksheets for use by students. …, 2011/07/01

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Sentencing in Canada (1999)A summary of the purpose and principles of sentencing and the range of sentencing options …1999/01/01

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sentences
Sex Offender Recidivism (1999)A briefing note providing information on the likelihood of recidivism, factors related to recidivism, success …1999/01/01

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special-needs-offenders
Sex Offender Treatment Programs (2002)“Although the number of convicted sex offenders grew from 2,768 in 1990 to 3,875 in …2002/01/01

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special-needs-offenders
Social Capital, Social Entrepreneurs and Safer Communities – Enabling Alberta’s Communities to Work Out Lasting Solutions (2008)This paper examines recent developments in our understanding of social capital, social capital markets and …2008/01/01

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social-policy
The John Howard Society’s Programs (1999)An outline of the active role Alberta John Howard Societies play in the criminal justice …1999/01/01

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the john Howard Society’s Programs (2001)An outline of the active role Alberta John Howard Societies play in the criminal justice …2001/01/01

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Understanding Criminal Records (2000)This document provides ind ividuals working in the criminal justice system with information about criminal …2000/01/01

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guides
Victim Impact Statements (1997)A discussion of the use of written or oral submissions from crime victims describing the …1997/01/01

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Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (1998)A literature review examining the benefits and practice of victim offender reconciliation programs. Download1998/01/01

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restorative-justice
Women and Violence (2001)2001/01/01

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YCJA0101 – Introduction to the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level The Overview is intended to provide a basic working …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0102 – The Youth Criminal Justice Act Handbook

Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level The Handbook offers more information and goes into greater …, , 2012/01/01

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YCJA0204 – Legal Rights: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Sections 7-14

Intended For: Teachers, Secondary Grade Level This document contains the full text of Sections 7-14 …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0205 – Legal Rights: Questions

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level These questions can be used for individual student examination of …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0206 – Legal Rights: Activities

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level Contains suggested extension activities and links to online information and …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0207 – Legal Rights: Rules and Laws

(Intended For: Elementary Grade Level) This document contains student pages and a teacher’s edition of the …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0208 – Legal Rights: Court Diagram

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level This document contains student pages and a teacher’s edition of …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0209 – Exploring the YCJA: Scope and Principle

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level This document contains student pages and a teacher’s edition of …, 2013/01/01

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YCJA0210 – Exploring the YCJA: Rights & Responsibilities – Police Contact

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level This page outlines student rights and responsibilities when they encounter …, 2010/10/01

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YCJA0211 – Exploring the YCJA: Measures, Courts, Detention, Sentencing

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level This document gives students the fundamental details of the Act. …, 2011/02/01

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YCJA0212 – Exploring the YCJA: Publication and Records

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level This document can be used for independent study or group …, 2010/10/01

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YCJA0213 – Exploring the YCJA: Case Studies and Role Playing

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level In these case studies, students are presented with many youth …, 2010/10/01

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YCJA0214 – Exploring the YCJA: Youth Judicial Process Flowchart & Questions

Intended For: Secondary Grade Level This activity offers visual support for students to follow the …, 2010/10/01

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Youth Crime in Canada: Public Perception vs. Statistical Information (1998)A comparison of public perceptions of youth crime and the official statistics. Recommendations for bridging …, 2011/01/01

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Youth Criminal Justice Act Handbook (2007)An earlier verson of our handbook for understanding the Youth Criminal Justice Act. A more …, 2007/01/01

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Youth Criminal Justice Act Roundtable: Submission of John Howard Societies in Alberta (May 21, 2008)“The YCJA came into force on April 01, 2003, which means that now, 5 years …, 2008/05/21

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Youth Justice Committees in Alberta (1999)An examination of the composition and function of Youth Justice Committees in Alberta. Specific operating …1999/01/01

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Youth Justice Committees in Alberta (2007)An examination of the composition and function of Youth Justice Committees in Alberta. Specific operating …2007/01/01

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