Address: 342 Pennywell Road, St. John’s, NL, A1E 1V9
Mandate: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: Men, women and youth involved in the criminal justice system or those who may be at risk.
Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:
- Howard House: A community residential centre for adult males on day parole, full parole, statutory release, a temporary release, or a probation order. (St. John’s).
- West Bridge House: A community residential facility for male and females released on Day Parole, Full Parole, Statuary Release, Temporary Absence or Probation Order (Stephenville).
- Garrison Place: Provides permanent supportive housing to both male and female adults (St. John’s). Referrals can be made through End Homelessness St. John’s Coordinated Access.
- Home For Youth: Young people participating in the program have been sentenced to a period of Open Custody by the Youth Court. (St. John’s)
- Loretta Bartlett Home For Youth: Youth are sentenced to a period of Open Custody by the Youth Court and/or the Director of Children, Seniors & Social Development can have a young person placed on an Order to Reside Designation. (Corner Brook).
- Cogitative Skills Training and Preparation Program (C–STEP): Provides support to individuals who are looking to make positive changes in their lives. Employment Practitioners will assist clients with educational/employment opportunities, as well as, helping with other community referrals.
- Employment Programs: Linkages, Safety Courses, and First Aid are employment programs offered through the C-STEP program.
- Youth Services Program: Provides 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 Suspensions: A 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.
- Learning Resource Program (LRP, St. John’s) and the Community Based Intervention Program CBIP, Stephenville): Provides facilitated group programs or individual interventions to individuals with criminal justice involvement. The goal of programming is to deliver a diverse set of trauma informed, person centered programs that will assist participants with recovery and making positive life changes. LRP and CBIP offer the following programs:
- Anger Management
- Criminal Behaviour Awareness
- Dad’s Program (a father parenting program)
- Impaired Driving Workshops
- Options & Alterative Skills for Impersonal Safety (a family violence intervention program)
- Programming for individuals who have a history of sex offences
- Seeking Safety (a recovery program for addictions and trauma)
- Annual Family Prison Visit: Selected families from various locations in Newfoundland and Labrador will visit family members serving sentences in Federal Institutions in the Maritimes. Transportation and accommodations for families of Newfoundland inmates are provided.
- 1-2-1 Prison Visitation Program: Offers support to inmates during, and after, their imprisonment through contact with “friendship volunteers” from outside H.M.P. This is on a one-to-one basis.
- Prison Library Program: The library at H.M.P. is operated by John Howard Society volunteers. Inmates have regular access to library resources.
- Public Education and Advocacy