John Howard Blog has Instagram page

September 10, 2023

The John Howard Society of Canada blog ( now has an Instagram page as well. This page will help us promote the blog and post about stories that are relevant but do not appear as blog posts. Please feel...

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Mandela Day 2023

July 18, 2023

Mandela Day is an annual global celebration that takes place on July 18th to honour the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. This day is a call to action for individuals, communities, and organizations to take time to reflect on...

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Learning More about our Blog

May 31, 2023

The following PowerPoint presentation (slides and audio) gives an overview of the Blog on this site.  The blog now has some 220 posts providing reliable information on many areas of criminal justice.  It is widely cited on criminal justice matters....

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Not your usual report: How to reintegrate prisoners

March 16, 2023

The John Howard Society of Canada releases ” Feeding Time: A Whole-Community Approach to Safer, Smarter Reintegration of Federal Prisoners in Post-Pandemic Canada”.  This report, written by federal prisoner I. M. Grenada, reviews Canadian provisions for the release and re-integration...

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John Howard Society Week 2023

February 9, 2023

At John Howard Society Canada, we have arranged for some activities that we hope will raise public awareness about our charity and its engagement on issues and delivery of services to further just, effective, and humane responses to the causes...

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Criminal Law as a Tool to Address Prisoner Abuse

February 18, 2022

It has been more than 25 years since the Arbour Commission pointed out that the rule of law is not operating behind prison bars.  Madame Justice Arbour stated that it would require other components of the justice system to ensure...

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Add your voice against solitary confinement!

June 10, 2021

Petition 3023 was tabled before Parliament earlier this month. Petition 3023 calls on Parliament to end the practice of abusive solitary confinement, implement measures adding more transparency within federal prisons and ensure the rights of prisoners are safeguarded.  The JHSC...

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One experience of segregation

November 18, 2020

This post was first published in November, 2018 on our blog. It gives one person’s experience of solitary confinement in a Canadian provincial jail. It is republished in connection with the current ‘Spotlight on Solitary’ campaign. More information on that...

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