John Howard Society of NL

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342 Pennywell Road
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1V9

Tel: (709) 726-5500          Email:
Fax: (709) 726-5509         Website:


To reduce crime by providing opportunities for the rehabilitation of offenders and advocating reform through successful program interventions; public education; crime prevention strategies; and restorative justice principles.

Target Population:

Male and female inmates and ex-offenders, as well as their families.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

Residential Services

  • Howard House: A community residential centre for adult male offenders on day parole, full parole, statutory release, a temporary release, or a probation order.
  • West-Bridge House: Provides a supportive and structured environment to facilitate individual re-integration into society following a period of incarceration.
  • Home For Youth: Young people participating in the program have been sentenced to a period of Open Custody by the Youth Justice Court.
  • Loretta Bartlett Home For Youth: Youth are sentenced to a period of Open Custody by the Youth Court and/or the Director of Child Youth, and Family Services can have a young person placed on an Order To Reside Designation.

Employment/Training Services

  • Employment ProgramsAny person having had prior conflict with the law is eligible to receive this service.
  • C-STEP Program: Offers intensive rehabilitative services to offenders and ex-offenders in the community. These services are offered through individual counselling and group interventions.
  • Youth Services ProgramProvides supportive counselling and assistance to at-risk youth (offenders and ex-offenders), who are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, and need assistance with their career plans including educational, training and employment opportunities.
  • Record SuspensionsA record suspension (formerly pardon) allows people who were convicted of a criminal offence, but have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens for a prescribed number of years, to have their criminal record kept separate and apart from other criminal records.

Counselling Services

  • C-STEP ProgramSee C-Step Program description above, under Employment/Training Services.
  • Learning Resource Program (LRP)Initially operationalized as a strategy to provide community-based multi-faceted group psychotherapy to offenders subject to a conditional sentence (house arrest) as well as those who were released from custody under the conditions of a Rehabilitative Temporary Absence.
  • Community Based Intervention Program (CBIP): Provides group and individual counselling opportunities for Early Release Programs, Conditional Sentences and Probation.
  • Youth Services Program: See Youth Services Program description above, under Employment/Training Services.
  • MIMOSA – Substance Abuse Program: Provides substance abuse intervention through a variety of treatment modalities that will assist offenders in making informed lifestyle changes conducive to wellness and pro-social behaviour. The Program is delivered at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary and in the community for individuals serving a period of community supervision.

Prison Services

  • Annual Family Prison Visit: Selected families from various locations in Newfoundland and Labrador will visit inmates serving sentences in Federal Institutions in the Maritimes. Provides transportation and accommodations for families of Newfoundland inmates.
  • 121 Prison Visitation Program: Offers support to prisoners during, and after, their imprisonment through contact with “friendship volunteers ” from outside H.M.P.  This is on a one-to-one basis, hence the name 121.
  • Prison Library Program: The library at H.M.P. is staffed and operated by John Howard Society volunteers. Inmates have regular access to library resources.

Other Services

  • Public Education and AdvocacyThey are engaged in public education and advocacy and are available to present to post-secondary institutions and other community based agencies and organizations.
  • Annual Children’s Christmas PartyEach year, they hold a Christmas Party for approximately 50 socially disadvantaged children, who have parents that are incarcerated or have been recently released.