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Local John Howard Society gets $40K from province for restorative justice

Jun 30, 2014

from the article in the Medicine Hat News:

The province has announced it will be providing $360,000 across Alberta for restorative justice programs including $40,000 for the city’s John Howard Society.

Chantelle Bustamante, Medicine Hat John Howard Society’s co-ordinator for the city’s restorative justice project, explained the program is focused to help youth make the right decision after making a wrong one.

“We provide the youth the opportunity to restore the relationships that have been damaged as a result of the alleged offence committed against community and victim,” she said.

That could mean a range of options including classes based on making responsible choices, criminal justice education and respectful relationships.

It can also require the youth to do community service hours.

And once a youth with issues with the law nears adulthood, the impetus to “set you straight” is intensified, said Bustamante.

“Once you are dealt with as an adult, it’s going to look very, very different,” she said.

Sometimes the programs don’t work for some youth requiring they be dealt with by the courts, but Bustamante said that’s not necessarily the right venue for youth guilty of making an ill-advised choice.

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