There are many services available for individuals in Moose Jaw.
Adult Alternative Measures
Alternative Measures refers to means other than formal prosecution of adults charged with less serious offenses, and not having a significant record of criminal involvement. The John Howard Society arranges a face to face meeting between the offender and victim. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of resolving the conflict through a mediation agreement and hopefully deterring the offender from further criminal activity. Upon completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts.
Community Justice Forum for Youth and Adults (CJF)
This process is based on restorative justice and community healing. A CJF is a safe environment in which an offender, victim and their families along with supporters are brought together under the guidance of a trained John Howard Facilitator. Together, they discuss the offense, how they have all been affected and jointly develop a mutually beneficial plan to restore the harm that was done.
Fine Option Program
Fine Option provides an alternative to paying out of pocket for certain fines. People are registered through one of our branches and then placed in a volunteer work arrangement with one of our community partners where they go to work off their fine. John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is the largest Fine Option provider in the province matching more than 2500 people with volunteer placements last year totalling more than 140,00 hours of volunteer support in the community.
Community Service Order for Adult and Youth
A court sentence alternative to incarceration. An individual is ordered by the court to perform a specified number of hours of community service. The individual is assessed, placed at a community-based organization and monitored by our placement officer. Upon completion, the court and the probation officer are notified.
Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS)
Extrajudicial sanctions provide an alternative to the traditional court process for young persons facing charges for offences set out in the Criminal Code. They offer youth accused of committing a Criminal Code offence opportunity to make reparation to victims and their community. They draw on values, principles and processes of Restorative Justice, “An approach to justice that focuses on addressing the harm caused by crime while holding the offender responsible for his or her actions, by providing an opportunity for the parties directly affected by crime-victims offender and community-to identify and address their needs in the aftermath of a crime.” It supports healing, reintegration, and the prevention of future harm.
This program is designed specifically for young people, between the ages of 12 – 17 years, who have been charged with shoplifting under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The primary focus of the program is educational, using a structured group process. The aim of the educational program is two-fold: (1) to create awareness in the young person of the effects of his or her actions on, the victim, themselves, the community, and society at large. (2) to provide an opportunity for youth to reflect on his or her development, discuss values and issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure and decision making skills.