Directory of Community Justice Activities
in Atlantic Canada


Activities that include the community prior to sentencing or charge...

Circle Sentencing

PROVINCE

ACTIVITIES, INITIATIVES & EVENTS

DESCRIPTION

CONTACT

NB

Province of New Brunswick

circle sentencing

Upon the request of defence counsel and with the consent of the Judiciary, Crown and local Aboriginal band council, sentencing circles are provided on a case by case basis.
A number of circles have been held in Woodstock, NB. The circles use traditional practices such as sweet grass and the talking stick and eagle feather, as well as Native prayer and drumming. Participating in the circle are the offender, the victim, their supports, elders in the community, the Crown Prosecutor, the Defence Attorney and resource professionals (ex. addictions, probation) who assist the Provincial Court Judge, also present, in the sentencing process.

Jim Burns
Senior Policy Analyst
Research and Planning
NB Dept. of Justice
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
(506) 453-6526


Bill Wister
Crown Prosecutor's Office
P.O. Box 5001
Department of Justice
Woodstock, NB
E0J 2B0
(506) 325-4416

NF

Province of Newfoundland

circle sentencing

circle sentencing conference

Attempts are made to address and integrate the needs of both the community and the offender in the sentencing process through the use of sentencing circles.
In the fall of 1998, a week-long conference on circle sentencing was delivered in Conne River, NF, by the Aboriginal Justice Learning Network. The conference was held to provide information to help the community prepare for a sentencing circle that was requested by an offender and which was actually held as part of the conference. Over 50 people participated including elders, community people, police, probation officers and protection workers.
The Aboriginal Justice Learning Network is open to doing similar conferences in other locations in Atlantic Canada.

Judge Robert Fowler
Prov. Court of NF
Law Court Building
Grand Falls, NF
A2A 1W9
(709) 292-4212
(709) 292-4388 (f)
raf.682@nf.sympatico.ca

NF

Province of Newfoundland

circle sentencing

Attempts are made to address and integrate the needs of both the community and the offender in the sentencing process through the use of such processes as sentencing circles.

Judge Jim Igloliorte
Provincial Court
P.O. Box 3014
Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Labrador A0P 1E0
(709) 896-2404

Alternative Measures Programs involving Community Justice

PROVINCE

ACTIVITIES, INITIATIVES & EVENTS

DESCRIPTION

CONTACT

NS

Youth Alternative Society

victim offender meetings

restorative justice project

There are 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program allowing young offenders and their parents or support persons to meet with a trained community volunteer, the victim and, in some cases, a police officer, to discuss why the crime was committed and what effect it had on the people gathered. The volunteers help the group to develop a mutually satisfactory agreement about how to resolve the issues created by the offence. Four of the 7 offices, including the Youth Alternative Society, are involved in the first Phase of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Yvonne Hansen
Youth Alternative Society
Box 642, Station M
Halifax, NS
B3J 2T3
(902) 424-5473
(902) 424-3950(f)
youthal@istar.ca

NS

Island Alternative Measures Society

victim offender meetings

restorative justice pilot project

One of the 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program, Island Alternative Measures Society is also one of the 4 organizations involved in the first Phase of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Pat Gorham
IAMS
360 Prince St.
Sydney, NS
B1P 5L1
(902) 563-2596
(902) 563-5699
gorham@istar.ca

NS

Cumberland Alternatives Society

victim offender meetings

restorative justice pilot project

One of the 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program, Island Alternative Measures Society is also one of the 4 organizations involved in the first Phase of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Lisa Cole
Cumberland Alternatives Society
P.O. Box 843
Amherst, NS
B4H 4B9
(902) 667-4414
ccas@ns.sympatico.ca

NS

Valley Youth Alternatives

victim offender meetings

restorative justice pilot project

One of the 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program, Island Alternative Measures Society is also one of the 4 organizations involved in the first Phase of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Marge DeBodt
Valley Youth Alternatives
P.O. Box 621
Kentville, NS
B4N 3X7
(902) 679-0650
(902) 679-0860 (f)
vyps@ns.sympatico.ca

NS

Options for Youth

victim offender meetings

One of 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program, this organization will take part in future phases of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Susan Henderson
Options for Youth
695 Prince St.
Truro, NS
B2N 1G5
(902) 893-4969
(902) 893-1171 (f)

NS

Southwest Alternative Measures

victim offender meetings

One of 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program, this organization will take part in future phases of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Carmen Doucette
Southwest Alternative Measures
328 Main St.
Yarmouth, NS
B5A 1E4
(902) 742-8262
(902) 742-0681 (f)

NS

John Howard Society

Young Offender Community Dev. Program

victim offender meetings

One of 7 organizations in Nova Scotia which implement the Alternative Measures program, this organization will take part in future phases of the Restorative Justice Program for Nova Scotia.

Barbara Hatfield
John Howard Society
2020 Queen St.
Westville, NS
B0K 2A0
(902) 396-1999
(902) 396-1109

NS

Mi'kmaq Young Offender Program

talking circles

A project of the Mi'kmaq Justice Institute, this program uses talking circles to assist parties to negotiate Alternative Measures agreements. The young person, his or her parents, the victim and his or her supports, the police and others affected by the offence meet together with a facilitator in a talking circle which resolves issues using a holistic approach. Paula Marshall
Eskasoni General Delivery
Cape Breton, NS
B0A 1J0
(902) 379-2042
(902) 379-2047 (f)

NF

Coalition of Youth Justice Committees

victim offender mediation

victim offender conciliation

In Newfoundland, the model chosen for Alternative Measures is one of volunteer community management in partnership with government.
There are 29 different Youth Justice Committees in the province. Volunteers are trained to assist young offenders to develop an Alternative Measures agreement, which can come about through victim offender mediation, victim offender conciliation, or through an agreement negotiated by the volunteer and the offender, with no input from the victim.

Dr. Larry Moss
President
Coalition of Youth Justice Committees
(709) 673-3972
lmoss@thezone.net


Robin Janes
Community Corrections
Dept. of Human Resources and Employment
Confed. Bldg.,
Box 8700
St. John's, NF
A1B 4J6
(709) 729-5164
(709) 729-6382 (f)
rjanes@hcs.gov.nf.ca

PEI

Province of Prince Edward Island

Community Justice Forums

Provincial Policy

On April 1, 1998, use of Community Justice Forums, a process involving the victim, offender and their support persons, was included in the PEI Alternative Measures Policy.

Phil Arbing
Provincial Advisor
Justice and Corrections
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8
(902) 368-6619
(902) 368-5335 (f)
jparbing@gov.pe.ca

NB

Solicitor General of New Brunswick

Restorative options are available through the Alternative Measures Program, where applicable.

Leslie Reid
Operations Program Consultant
Community and Correctional Services
P.O. Box 600
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
(506) 444-4032


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