The Community Service Orders programs provide placements and monitoring services in the not-for-profit sector for individuals who have been ordered by the court to perform community services.
This program is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The Direct Accountability program is an alternative to prosecution for eligible individuals who have limited or no prior involvement in the adult court system and have been charged with minor criminal offences.
It involves offenders being held accountable through community-based sanctions and recognizes that protection of the public does not always require the full use of the criminal court process.
Available sanctions include:
• Letters of Apology
• Charitable donation
• Volunteer work
• Attending a program or presentation
• Peace Bond
Participation is voluntary and participants in the program must be willing to assume responsibility for the actions that led to the charge and be prepared to make amends for their actions. Being eligible to participate in the program does not mean that the accused is “getting off easy”. It does mean that by successfully completing the sanction imposed, the participant can be held accountable for their behaviour and can have the charge(s) withdrawn or stayed by the court. The Crown Attorney will notify the accused on or before their first court appearance if they are considered eligible.
This program is funded by the Governement of Ontario through the Ministry of the Attorney General
Extrajudicial sanctions provide an effective response to less serious youth crime outside the court process, in a timely and effective manner, for youth between the ages of 12 to 17. Extrajudicial sanctions hold the young person accountable for his or her offending behaviour and provide meaningful consequences.
This program is funded by government of Ontario through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
A restorative justice program lead by community volunteers that helps youth, who have committed minor offences, be accountable for their actions. The restorative justice process brings together all parties, offenders, victims and families, to talk about what happened, why, how it made them feel and what can be done to repair the harm and prevent recurrences. The Youth Justice Committee program encourages victim involvement and promotes community healing and reparation.
This program is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of the Attorney General.
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