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Effective, Just and Humane Responses to Crime and Its Causes


John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington is a community-based, non-profit, charitable organization operating in the area since 1950.  Our mandate is to address the root causes of crime and to support the creation and maintenance of healthy communities.  Thus, our primary role is providing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention services to children, youth and adults in Waterloo Region and Wellington County including the cities of Cambridge, Guelph, and Kitchener/Waterloo. John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington takes a holistic and broad approach to crime prevention that assumes myriad factors contribute to crime including social and community factors.  All of our services are premised on the belief that diverse prevention services help build healthy neighbourhoods, communities and citizens.  We work closely with community stakeholders including schools, probation officers, police, courts and others.  Services are provided out of our offices in Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener, as well as in schools, police stations, churches, courthouses and various community-based settings.

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News Release                           Effective Date: November 5, 2013

John Howard Society of Ontario Launches New Public Education Series to Dispel Myths about Crime and Criminal Justice; Aims to Start Public Dialogue.

Waterloo Region/Wellington County  - The Counter Point, a new publication series from the John Howard Society of Ontario’s Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development, aims to get Ontarians talking about issues that affect us all: crime and community safety. The series seeks to demystify common myths around crime while making often complex topics or debates more accessible, especially for those who have never had any contact with the criminal justice system.

Understanding how and why individuals get into conflict with the law, along with other crime trends, is central to the new Counter Point series. “I started as a child getting into trouble. All the influences I had, it just grew from there. Coming out of prison is not as easy as people think. You spend years being told you are not worthy of living in the outside world and then you get out with all these expectations from society to get it together quick, but what do you do when you feel unworthy of it? At least you guys listen and try to help me with that,” says a John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington service recipient.

There are 19 John Howard Societies across Ontario providing services to individuals who are at-risk or in conflict with the law. John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington provides a range of prevention and intervention services for children, youth and adults, and works closely with schools, police, courts and other stakeholders. “Our staff regularly provide presentations on topics related to crime, crime prevention, and social justice. My hope is the new Counter Point series will promote greater awareness of the realities of crime, and the importance of crime prevention and supportive interventions in promoting healthy and safe communities,” states Joan Nandlal, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington.

To read the latest issues of the new series, The Counter Point, and to view video interviews with former John Howard Society clients, please go to: http://johnhoward.on.ca/research/the_counter_point.html

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