John Howard Society of Manitoba

Change from the inside

Notice of office closure: Due to COVID 19 precautions and government orders, we are currently not open to the public. Please call for further inquiries. Staff will be checking email (see a staff listing here) and phone messages (see contact page here).

What 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.

John Howard Society Week

Join us for a week-long string of virtual activities, see details and links in this PDF email from Catherine Latimer, Executive Director of John Howard Society Canada. All events take place at 2:30 p.m. (ET):

  • Sunday, Feb. 14 Catherine Latimer, objectives of John Howard Society Week ()
  • Monday, Feb. 15 Rosemary Ricciardelli and Correctional Services, both During and Beyond COVID-19 ()
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 Munir Veljii give a workshop for JHS staff with ()
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 Reza Ahmadi on John Howard Societies and Community Residential Facilities ()
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 Lise Clément and the the Solution Labs to Address Post-custody Homelessness ()
  • Friday, Feb. 19 Senator Kim Pate will speak about her legislative reform bills ()
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 Shifting Focus, a video introducing federal parolees to photography as a medium to document their lives ()
Detail of a poster for this program.

New program, Jan. 11, 2021

Healing and Harm Reduction Substance Use Program

A place for men to talk about their substance use and create plans specific to fit their needs; with one-to-one support from a caseworker and access to an Indigenous Spiritual Advisor.

This 16-session open group program looks at substance use from a harm reduction model while incorporating Indigenous culture. These sessions will run Monday’s from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are launching this new program online, through zoom, email and by telephone.

We are currently accepting referrals for Monday, January 11th, 2021 start date. Please note the office is closed for the holidays from December 23, 2020 – January 4, 2021. 

See a PDF poster for this program here.

For more information or to book an intake please contact the program caseworkers:

Melissa Nolin, BSW, RSW, 204-775-1514 ext. 108 or mnolin@johnhoward.mb.ca

Katherine Johnston, BSW, RSW, 204-775-1514 ext. 107 or kjohnston@johnhoward.mb.ca

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, JHSM staff are working outside the office. Please expect a delay in staff receiving and responding to voice mail messages.

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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