Press Releases

October 22, 2018, A Criminal Record Does Not Disqualify Residents from Voting

June 15, 2018 – New Healing Program for Indigenous Men Shows Early Signs of Success

All seven Indigenous men taking part in a healing program for victims of childhood sexual abu seand trauma successfully completed the first run of 14 sessions, eight of which were led by an Indigenous Elder, at the John Howard Society of Manitoba in May.

February 7, 2018 – Community paper highlights JHSM 60th anniversary. The local paper, The Metro, interviewed executive director John Hutton about the upcoming celebration on February 23. “It’s a way for community sponsors and clients to show their support for the organization.”

December 21, 2017 – Inmate Advocates support Province’s Responsible Reintegration Initiative

December  6, 2017 – JHSM launches program for male victims of childhood sexual abuse

 November 9, 2017 – Bail program shifts from residence to community

June 14, 2017 – John Howard Society keeps key services despite funding cuts

March 8, 2017 – Laying fewer charges will help reduce overcrowding


Commentary from John Howard Society of Manitoba in Winnipeg Free Press, March 8, 2017

Manitoba has a higher proportion of adults in custody than any other province.

We lock up people more frequently than Saskatchewan by 17 per cent and three-and-a-half times more frequently than B.C., according to a Statistics Canada report from last week.

Overcrowding in prisons — and especially remand centres — is a growing and serious problem. … Read the entire article here. (See the Winnipeg Free Press here)

February 17, 2017 – Mandatory Minimum Sentences Are a Problem

Winnipeg Free Press, letter to the editor, February 17, 2017

Winnipeg Free Press, letter to the editor, February 17, 2017


See the Winnipeg Free Press here.

January 17, 2017 – Grand Opening for the “We Fit You Closet”


December 7, 2016 – 4 documents encourage response to survey on pardons, deadline extended to December 16, 2016

1. JHS Canada encouragement to respond to government survey

2. JHS Canada response to Public Safety survey

3. CBC article, “Pardon system’s harsher rules block ex-criminals from jobs, housing”

4. Sample letter to minister regarding changes to the Criminal Records Act

November 21, 2016 – Announcement of Restorative Justice Event, Nov. 24, 2016



August 8, 2013 – Segregation story only a quarter of the story


March 8, 2013 – Federal and Provincial Governments Failing Aboriginal Communities


March 8, 2013 – Assembly of MB Chiefs Respond to Special Report on Aboriginal Corrections


November 8, 2012 – New mandatory drug sentences taking effect


November 2, 2011 – Promise to fix crime in Winnipeg comes up empty


October 18, 2011 – Federal Government to throw millions of Canadians under the Omnibus


September 29, 2012 – Pardon costs increase



The following are press releases from our national office:


July 18th, 2012 – The True Cost of “Tough on Crime”


September 16, 2011 – The Omnibus Crime Bill


April 15, 2011 – Criminal Justice Issues and the 2011 Election Campaign


January 13, 2011 – Where Does the Law and Order Agenda Take Us?


December 15, 2010 – JHS Canada Response to the Report on Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Federal Correctional System