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Partners Against Violence November article

What is Restorative Justice?
Partners Against Violence

Restorative Justice is an alternative response to crime that focuses on bringing together all individuals who have been affected by a criminal incident. The focus is on addressing the needs of the people involved, underlying issues and the circumstances that led to the crime. Restorative Justice Values include that crime causes harm, justice should focus on repairing that harm and that the people who are most affected by the crime should take part in its resolution. The main purposes of Restorative Justice include victim participation, offender accountability, meaningful outcomes, reparation and reduction of recidivism.  







The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is a community-based justice organization consisting of people who subscribe to effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime. The Moose Jaw Branch offers the following programs: 

  • The Adult Alternative Measures Program for adults who have been charged with a criminal offence and involves Victim/Offender mediation.
  • The Extrajudicial Sanctions Program are measures outside of the criminal justice system for young people who have been charged with a criminal offence, from ages 12-17 and involves Victim/Offender mediation. 
  • The Stop Lift Program is an educational program for youth and adults who have been charged with theft, primarily from retail outlets and businesses. The program focuses on education and reducing recidivism. 
  • The Fine Option Program helps people settle court-imposed fines through supervised community service work. 
  • The Community Service Order Program requires individuals to complete court ordered community service hours. 
  • The My Place Program supports people who are facing a variety of challenges by providing support services, opportunity for community engagement and advocacy by reducing barriers to housing.
  • The Cultural Liaison helps people to learn about Indigenous traditions, ceremonies and inherent practices to be connected to Indigenous culture. This position also helps strengthen identity to promote healing and build a sense of community. 
The Moose Jaw office of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is located at 15 Hochelaga St. W. 







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