John Howard Society of Manitoba

Change from the inside

Notice of office closure: We are open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for our Clothes Closet (from 2-4pm). Please call for appointments outside of these hours. Staff will be checking email (see a staff listing here) and phone messages (see contact page here).

Invitation to AGM

You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, October 21, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. held online via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link and agenda when you RSVP to aenns@johnhoward.mb.ca. (Fyi, see the Facebook event here.)

In addition to brief updates from the past year, we’ll have an abridged keynote address by Elder Ervin Hilts. Elder Ervin was one of two Indigenous Elders taking part in a naming ceremony for our new half-way house, Waakaa’igan niiwin mashkiki miikanawan (Four Healing Roads Lodge), a partnership with Correctional Service Canada.

Please RSVP aenns@johnhoward.mb.ca for the agenda and Zoom meeting ID and password.

Work we do

We work primarily with men (18 and over), who have been or may be incarcerated, their families, victims of crime and the community to address the root causes of crime.  We offer programs, supports and resources, based on the principles of restorative justice, to our clients at their various stages of involvement with the justice system.

Our goal is to empower our clients, if found guilty, to take responsibility and be held accountable for the harm their actions have caused not just to the victims and the community but to themselves as well and to become engaged contributing members of society.

As well, we advocate on behalf of individual clients within the system and for effective, evidence-based and humane approaches to reducing crime and supporting those who are or have been in conflict with the law.

Statement of Solidarity

The John Howard Society of Manitoba stands in solidarity with people around the world who are standing up to fight systemic racism and police brutality, and affirms the lives of Black and Indigenous people, both here in Manitoba and elsewhere. See our recent Statement of Principles here.

Four Roads Healing Lodge

This is a new halfway house located in the heart of Winnipeg. We offer a variety of supports for men who have been incarcerated.

Prison Visitor’s Handbook

A resource to support loved ones: Through the Bars: A Guide for Visiting at Correctional Facilities in Manitoba. Find detailed instructions on visiting procedures for 10 correctional facilities in Manitoba. Plus answers to 16 common questions visitors ask. See the full PDF here

Record Suspension Guide

If you have a criminal record and have served your sentence, you can apply to have your record suspended. This guide included Frequently Asked Questions and a step-by-step outline of how to apply. See the full PDF here.

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