The supervision of returning citizens and provision of supportive services to these individuals outside of jail or prison. Community corrections includes parole, probation, residential and employment services, and other support programs. Learn more...
ICCA – Ontario Chapter Launch a Great Success!
Please sign-up here as a partner for Second Chance Month this April. Second Chance Month is an initiative involving a growing coalition of over 80 partners to help raise awareness about the challenges people face when they return home and promote ways we can all unlock second chances.
We welcome all different types of entities to join us in celebrating (organizations, businesses, churches, temples, universities, etc.) and you do not have to make a big commitment to do so – promoting April as Second Chance Month via social media is an easy and impactful way to spread the word. We even have a handy social media toolkit you can use.
“How Valuable is it to be a Canadian Member of ICCA - Let me tell ya!”
I am writing to share with the ICCA Members how valuable it is to be a Canadian Member of ICCA. Our Organization, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community in Guelph Ontario, Canada, continues to benefit.
Last year when attending the Community Corrections Public Policy Forum & Hill Day in Washington DC, I had the pleasure of being a guest at the CARA Reception. At the CARA Awards, Anchor ED was a recipient of the 2017 Pillar of Excellence Award. I was introduced to the Anchor ED Executive Director who shared their innovative program concept and more about the incredible impact they were making reducing the Opioid overdoses in their community. I immediately recognized the positive impacts a program such as this could have in Ontario Canada.
When I returned I presented the concept several times to funders in Ontario. In November Stonehenge received ongoing funding for the program from the Local Integration Health Network (funder for the Ministry of Health) . Our organization will launch the first stage of the Peer Led Overdose Response Program at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in May with the plan of a staged launch in our other 3 hospitals in the Region.
I was interviewed by CBC radio in regard to the program and put out a great “shout out” to ICCA.
Have a listen by opening the following link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1130158147701
Thank you ICCA!
Heather Kerr, MSW, RSW
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
“Giving People Another Chance At Life”
Improving Public Safety Through Effective Community Reintegration Practices
NIC and CCCN are creating a DVD based training program designed to highlight effective community reintegration practices that will promote behavior change and recidivism reduction, enhance public safety, and save taxpayer dollars.
The United States criminal justice system manages a staggering 7 million adults and three quarter of a million juveniles - the majority of which will be returning to our communities. Justice professionals need to take a system-wide, evidence-based approach and work collaboratively if we want to improve public safety and increase the likelihood of success for those reintegrating back into our communities. The collateral consequences for someone involved in the justice system can be severe. For adults, these can include having a harder time finding a job, difficulty finding safe and sustainable housing, and interruptions in family dynamics and relationships. Juveniles can experience difficulties getting back on track with school and maintaining positive peer relationships. And while some of these consequences are unique to adult or juvenile populations, one consequence stands out as damaging for both: the difficulty of successfully reintegrating and connecting back to the community.