Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime

Response to High Risk Offender Proposals (1997)

The John Howard Society of Canada‚Äôs response to Bill C- 55, amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. The response was prepared jointly by the Alberta and Ontario John Howard Societies. Details the Society’s position on specific changes to Dangerous Offender legislation, including a proposed new Long- Term Offender designation, and includes recommendations for…

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Response to Renewing Youth Justice (1997)

Our response to the recommendations contained in Renewing Youth Justice, Thirteenth Report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. The response makes suggestions for enhancing or amending a number of the recommendations. Download

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Response (1992) to the Young Offenders Act Amendments

Our response to Bill C-12, proposed amendments to the Young Offenders Act. These proposals increased maximum sentences for youth who commit serious crimes and made it easier to transfer youth to adult court. Policy considerations relating to the treatment and incarceration of young offenders are also discussed. Download

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Brief: Response to the Alberta Summit on Justice (1998)

Our response to the Summit on Justice consultation process. The paper presents our views on the benefits of restorative justice programming, the importance of community involvement in justice, the need for better public education on justice issues and the need for crime prevention through social development approaches to crime problems. Download

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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 the criminal justice model, that is, retributive justice, can be summarized quite easily: crime is a violation against the state; justice focusses on establishing guilt and administering pain; and justice is pursued through an adversarial process where an offender is…

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