Address:

Youth Services Site. 2-4 Hallett Cres, Suite 104. St. John’s NL A1B 4C4

Main Office Tel: (709) 729-5041

Email of Provincial Consultant: ShelleyButt@gov.nl.ca

Fax: (709) 729-0745

Website: https://www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/corrections/youth_corrections.html

Mandate: To provide services to youth who come into conflict with the law between their 12th and 21st birthdays. The responsibility for the delivery of young offender services rests with the local Children, Seniors and Social Development offices, with the exception of Secure Custody and Remand Services, which are operated by the provincial Department of Justice and Public Safety.

Target Population: 12-21 year olds who have come into conflict with the law

Highlight of Services/Programs Offered:                              

The Youth Corrections Division administers correctional services for youth in the Province and is comprised of two branches: Youth Secure Custody and Pre-Trial Services Program.

Youth Secure Custody Tel: (709) 729-3880 Fax: (709) 729-5100

  • An effective system of residential secure custody and remand services
  • Delivery of a diverse range of offender programs in custody to assist youth in successfully re-integrating in the community after release from custody
  • Delivering a Pretrial Services Program (bail supervision) as an alternative to having accused youth remanded into custody.
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Pre-Trial Services Program

  • Tel: (709) 729-5041; Fax: (709) 729-0745; Program Coordinator: (709) 689-6352; After Hours (cell): (709) 689-6351; or, (709) 689-5303
  • An alternative program within the Department of Justice and Public Safety, Secure Custody Division serving the St. John’s Youth Court. This program serves as an alternative to the Pre-Trial detention of youth. The Pre-Trial Services Program operates seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight.
  • All youth who are held in custody between the ages of 12-21 appearing for a bail hearing or requesting a bail review are eligible. Requires a Referral from the crown prosecutor or from the youths’ defense counsel.
  • The Program helps to reduce the number of youth who are detained while awaiting trial, and also reduce the amount of time a youth is detained in custody pending trial by providing verified information to the Youth Justice Court at each stage of the bail hearing; combined with community supervision and programming while under the jurisdiction of the interim release order.
  • Youth Corrections Social Workers and other staff perform duties such as: provide supervision to youth serving a variety of court-ordered sentences; prepare reports to assist in the decisions of the Youth Justice Court; engage in professional social work assessments, service planning, and individual, family and group counselling; and assist in program development and community mobilization.
  • Social workers generally provide supervision and supportive services to youth serving the following types of sentences: supervised probation; community service order (work for the community); personal service order (work for the victim); custody and supervision order; and deferred custody and supervision order.
  • In addition, social workers may provide preventative services to young persons who are at risk of conflict with the law, or after-care services with those who have completed youth sentences. Such services are offered on a strictly voluntary basis.

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