John Howard Society of Peterborough

Site: John Howard Society of Peterborough

Service: Youth Diversion, Restorative Justice Conferencing, Youth Justice Committee

Description (Service) Youth Diversion: 
* Works with police, courts, the community, and schools to keep young people (males and females) with minor offenses out of the court system. Ensures that the young person repairs the harm done and is held accountable for the offense that has been committed.  
Restorative Justice/Youth Justice Committee: 
* An alternative way of thinking about crime and conflict that challenges the community to look at youth justice differently, to respond to crime differently, and to seek new solutions to restore balance after a crime has been committed.  
* Restorative justice focuses on holding the accused accountable in a meaningful way, repairing the harm caused by the offence and achieving a sense of healing for both the victim and the community.  
* Involves a face-to-face meeting between the victim, the accused, and members of the community, led by a trained volunteer facilitators.  
* The meeting helps the parties develop an understanding of the crime and each other, and of the steps needed to make amends.  
* In most cases participation in the program diverts youths from going through the Criminal Justice System.  
* Referrals to the program are made by the police services and Crown Attorney's offices. 
People interested in volunteering should contact Nicole Soanes
Service Details
Hours Office: Mon-Wed 8:30 am-6:30 pm, Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Fri by appointment only
Areas Served Peterborough ; Peterborough (County of)
Eligibility Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s)
Application By referral from police, court, crown attorney, schools, family, community.
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Peterborough
Address & Map
305 Stewart St
Peterborough, ON K9J 3N2
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Intersection Stewart St and Charlotte St
Physical Access Fully Accessible - Main floor only
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-743-8331
Fax 705-743-8340
Primary Contact Crystal Blakley, Youth Diversion Caseworker; Email:
Alternate Contact Nicole Soanes, Youth Justice Committee Coordinator; Email:
Primary Executive Kathy Neill, Executive Director; Email:
Mailing Address K9H 3N2

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