This program is designed to increase service provisions to adult male offenders reintegrating into the community. The program assists in reducing recidivism rates of offenders referred to us, and increases community safety while they transition back into their community. Each client is to have a client centred case plan developed prior to release by the JHSS Reintegration Worker that is supportive and acknowledging of the Correctional Reintegration Plan. This plan will also include the clients recognized needs and wants within their transitioning.

Alternative Measures refers to means other than the formal court process for adults charged with certain offenses as approved by the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecutor. In order for an offense to be eligible for the program, adults are required to take responsibility for committing the offence. We then arrange a face-to-face meeting between offender and victim. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of repairing harm and deterring the offender from further criminal activity. The goal is to address underlying issues and focus on education and information. Upon successful completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts.

This process is based on the principles of restorative justice and community healing. A Community Justice Forum is a safe environment in which an offender, victim and their families, along with supporters, relevant community members and professionals, are brought together under the guidance of trained facilitators. A discussion on how everyone was impacted takes place. Together an agreement is developed to aid in restoring the harm done.

This program is offered to elementary schools children attending grade four through eight. The program is aimed at reducing the likelihood of children becoming involved in criminal activity. The series of presentations focus on information and include educational activities about the justice system, the concept of criminal responsibility, conflict resolution, peer pressure and values.

This program provides an alternative to the traditional court process for youth charged with offences set out as part of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. It offers youth the opportunity to make amends to victims and the community with a focus on the values, principles and processes of Restorative Justice. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of repairing harm and deterring the youth from further criminal activity. The goal is to address underlying issues and focus on education and information. Upon successful completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts. The program supports healing, reintegration, and the prevention of future harm.

The Fine Options Program provides an alternative to paying out of pocket for certain fines. If the fine qualifies, we arrange a volunteer work placement with one of our community partners. This program allows the fine to be worked off through volunteer labor, helping both those who are required to pay the fine, as well as the community.

Visit fineoptions.ca for more information and to register for the program.

The My Place Program supports individuals who are dealing with homelessness and who need housing and supports, with a special focus on those individuals who are engaged with the justice system. Along with connection to stable housing, My Place seeks to give participants the tools needed to re-engage with the community, make healthy choices, and build supportive relationships with other support agencies in Moose Jaw and surrounding area.

At the heart of JHSS’s mandate is support and advocacy for incarcerated people and the families. Over the past year JHSS has been able to add a Public Legal Counsel position to our team in Regina. This position has greatly increased our ability to advocate for the needs and well-being of those we serve both publicly through advocacy and also within the prison system by adding legal representation for inmates to our list of services.

The Record Suspension Program supports eligible recipients with record suspension (i.e. pardon) application support services. The project targets anyone who is eligible to receive a record suspension; more specifically to include Indigenous and other marginalized communities in Saskatchewan. The Record Suspension Program operates across the province of Saskatchewan in the communities of Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert. Staff will additionally serve rural areas, including Indigenous communities, bringing the service to them as able.

The Redemption Project is a youth housing and support program for Indigenous male youth between the ages of 16-24 looking to develop the necessary life skills to live life free from gangs, addictions, and the criminal justice system. Younger participants stay with us in our 5-bedroom home, while others live independently with support from staff. Supports include engaging participants in cultural connections, participating in work skills training, as well as various educational component Participants are able to stay in the program for a period of 9-16 months.

JHSS assists males (18+) involved with the justice system to obtain transitional and long-term housing and support through our Reintegration Housing Program in Saskatoon. Our objective is to house and support individuals involved with the justice system and reintegrating upon release from prison. Caseworkers provide support to program participants by working to reduce their barriers to accessing community support and connection. The goal is to reduce recidivism and their risk of returning to homelessness. Residents are provided with access to health and cultural supports, as well as various recreational activities to encourage connection to the community. Caseworkers offer support in the area of life-skills as they work towards independence and remaining housed long-term.

Sooksiht Lodge is a 6 bed residency program for men over the ages of 45. The Lodge serves as group housing for those who have found themselves chronically homeless, involved repeatedly with the justice system, are struggling with health concerns, and working to remain successfully housed while they transition back to community life.

This program is designed for individuals charged with theft or property offences. The primary focus is education through a structured group process. The aim of the program is to create awareness in the offender of the impact of his or her actions on the victim, themselves, the community, and wider community. The program provides an opportunity for the offender to reflect on their development, discuss values and issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure, and decision­ making skills.

Our placement workers support individuals ordered by the courts to complete community service hours as part of their sentence. Once hours have been ordered, the individual meets with their Corrections worker and receives the referral to our program. The placement worker meets with the individual to complete the paperwork and pick a placement that best suits the needs of the individual. The placement worker tracks and monitors the placement and work being done, reporting back to the Corrections worker who then notifies the courts.