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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 of transition for offenders who are in the process of returning to live normal lives back within the community at large. These offenders are usually still under custodial care by Corrections Services Canada (CSC) or the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). It is therefore a conditional release, which allows some offenders to continue to serve the balance of their sentence outside of the institution.

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Fact Sheet – Pardons

Pardons are issued by the National Parole Board; 400,000 issued since inception (1970); 96% still in effect (approx. 16,000 revoked, for historical stats see revocation section for details)…

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Fact Sheet – Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is any initiative or policy which reduces or eliminates victimization or the risk of individual criminal participation. It includes government and community based programs which go beyond law enforcement and criminal justice to tackle the risk factors that cause crime because it is proven to be more cost effective and leads to greater social benefits and safety.

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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 houses in Canada, focusing on their programs and client profiles, was undertaken in 2002/2003. Although this is now 10 years old, some basic aspects remain fairly similar. CRF residents can be characterized as male, Caucasian, single and with an average age of 36. 44% had less than a Grade 10 education (although this had actually decreased from 1997/98) and 64% were unemployed at the time of their arrest.

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Fact Sheet – Prisons and Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.

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