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Church Council on Justice and Corrections

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections is a national coalition of faith-based individuals and churches who act as a shining light for a more humane way of doing criminal justice.  As representatives of faith communities, we believe that together we can be a voice for healing justice.  We believe in being Christ’s witness to justice, adopting his example of love, mercy and forgiveness.  We believe in a vision of peace, caring for one another with understanding and compassion, as we would care for ourselves.  We affirm each person’s dignity and worth through fairness, equity and trust. Each one of us has inherited the presence of God within.  We believe in non-violent conflict resolution that is person-centered.  We believe we can help guide all communities responding to the effects of crime and thereby contribute to a healing process by naming the harm done; attending to the healing of all parties involved; encouraging social responsibility; and developing and exploring resources for all communities.  We believe healthy communities reduce and prevent crime. We encourage local involvement through volunteerism and networking.

507 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 1Z5
Advocacy, Public Education, Community Mobilization

Deep Humanity Institute

Deep Humanity Institute uses a participatory learning methodology, and emphasizes the importance that values play in creating an approach to justice that leaves all those involved feeling satisfied and at peace. DHI believes that justice is the process that allows us all to continue living together after one has caused harm to another in our midst. Justice is therefore measured by how peacefully and productively we coexist, not by how swiftly and severely we punish those found responsible for a transgression against another. We occasionally use the term “restorative justice” to refer to constructive approaches that are focused on healing the harm and building a better future. However, in our view there is only one type of justice, and either there is justice or there isn’t. Retribution, for instance, is not justice, and our modern crime control systems do not currently deliver justice as we understand it.  DHI offers a variety of justice-focused services including Justice Workshops and seminars.  Seminars are offered for every type of occupation in the criminal justice system, from police officers to judges to correctional staff.

Box 61162
Kensington RPO
Calgary, Alberta
Canada  T2N4S6
(604) 826-8859 


Training and Technical Assistance and Public Education on Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Incarceration

First Call British Columbia Child and Youth Advocacy Movement

Community-led movement for increasing and defending rights and opportunities for youth in British Columbia including youth in the juvenile justice system.

Provincial Coordinator
BC First Call Coalition Steering Committee
4480 Oak Street
British Columbia
Canada V6H 3V4 
(604) 875-3629
Toll-free: (800)
Advocacy, Public Policy Development
Address Phone Website Type of Work

Justice 4 Youth is a website dedicated to informing people about issues that affect them or their kids. Youth justice is a major piece of this site. When we started on that fateful June evening back in ’99, our focus was the youth justice system in Canada. We figured that not enough people in Canada know about the justice system, and that we would EXPOSE THE TRUTH! In the years since then, our focus has expanded substantially. While youth justice is still a major portion of our site, we decided to broaden our focus from the under-18 prisons to the world around us. The following are the issues we focus on: poverty in Canada, as well as the links between crime and poverty; international youth justice; native issues; opinions on various issues such as the death penalty and globalization; drugs and crime. Public Education

The National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC)

The National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) is part of the Department of Justice and is responsible for implementing the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), which is undertaken in partnership with the Portfolio of the Solicitor General of Canada.  The NCPC coordinates the work of the NCPS and oversees the planning, development, and implementation of policies related to crime prevention and victimization. The Centre collects, analyzes, and disseminates research findings related to crime prevention, in part through its Resource Centre.  The NCPC has headquarters in Ottawa, with offices across Canada. The NCPC is emerging as a national centre of expertise and learning on crime prevention research, policy and practice.

123 Slater Street
8th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8
Toll- Free: (877)
e-mail: Crime Prevention

Okotoks Western Wheel

Okotoks’ Youth Justice Committee, an alternative measures program for youth aged 12 to 17 who have committed a crime, has proven that giving youths an alternative to prosecution makes a difference in their lives.

9 McRae Street
Bag 9
Okotoks, Alberta
T0L 1T0
Alternatives to Court/Detention and Incarceration

Prison News Service

Prison News Service offers news, analysis and commentary from prisons in the United States and Canada. Written mainly by prisoners, for prisoners, their families, friends and supporters, PNS reflects the diversity of prison population and the range of their interests. It is a 20-page tabloid, and is published 5 times per year. It features many great graphics and includes many original works.

PSC Publishers
Box 5052, Stn. A
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5W 1W4
Alternative Media (news, stories) on Prisoners’ Rights and Experiences
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Public Legal Education Network of Alberta

The Kids and Crime Information and Development Network has been created to keep you informed of key developments relating to the Youth Justice Renewal Initiative and the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). We hope you will find the Network a useful tool for information sharing, and that it will help you to better understand the new legislation and become involved in the renewal of youth justice in Alberta.

5520 – 48A Avenue
Red Deer, AB 
T4N 3V6
(403) 343-3712
Public Policy Education

Young Offenders Services

Corrections and Public Safety is responsible for young offender programs and services in our province. In Saskatchewan, youth who offend are held accountable through Secure and Open Custody, Alternative Measures, Judicial Interim Release, Intensive Community-based Programs and Probation Services.

1874 Scarth Street
Regina, SK
S4P 3V7


Alternatives to Court, Detention and Incarceration

Youth Justice Education Partnership

The Youth Justice Education Partnership is a network for building partnerships to provide education about youth justice in Canada. It is a multi-disciplinary organization. Members include representatives from Ministries of Justice; Solicitors General, Education, and Health; faculties of Education, Arts, Law and Continuing Education; associations of educators; agencies involved in public legal education and information; youth, community, native, and religious organizations; child welfare and crime prevention agencies; and social services.

c/o Legal Studies
8303 –
112 Street
174 University Campus NW
AB T6G 2T4



Public Policy Development, Improved Coordination and Delivery of Services

Youth Justice Policy – Department of Justice Canada

National (government) office responsible for developing juvenile justice policy and programs in Canada.

180 Elgin Street, 7th floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8
e-mail: Public Policy and Program Development
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Youth Justice in New Brunswick

Principle Statement: "If you were interested in creating a criminal you would have a pretty good chance if you took a young person from a seriously troubled home, put them into a series of foster and group homes, changed their primary worker on a regular basis, let them run away from ‘home’ at an early age, allowed them to drop out of school and enabled them to develop a drug and/or alcohol addiction. Your chances would improve if, somewhere in their lonely and painful existence, they had been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused. If in those few instances that they sought help, you would ensure that there were no accessible services, that the workers they encountered were rushed and overwhelmed by heavy caseloads, and that they would be seen first and foremost as trouble rather than troubled, is it surprising then that these young people would become perpetrators or victims of crime?"

P.O. Box 6000,
New Brunswick
E3B 5H1
Public Policy Development

Youth Justice Project

In recent years, Canadians have raised concerns about Canada’s youth justice system. As a result, the Canadian government passed the Youth Criminal Justice Act requiring changes in how Canadian governments respond to youth who are in trouble with the law.

Youth Justice Project
PO Box 1207
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 7M8
e-mail: Public Policy Development and Advocacy

Youth Justice Renewal Initiative

In response to the demand for change to the youth justice system, in May 1998, the Federal government in Canada launched the Youth Justice Renewal Initiative. After consultation with provincial and territorial governments, people within the legal profession and those involved in law enforcement, academics, Aboriginal groups, communities, and young offenders and their families, the initiative set out to: increase the use of measures outside the formal court process that can often be more effective in addressing some types of youth crime; establish a more targeted approach to the use of custody for young people; improve the system’s ability to rehabilitate and reintegrate young offenders; increase the use of community-based sentences for non-violent youth crime; establish special measures for violent offenders that focus on intensive supervision and treatment, and increase public confidence in the youth justice system.

National Crime Prevention Centre  (613) 957-4222 Public Policy and Program Development; Alternatives to Court, Detention and Incarceration