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John Howard Society of Sault Ste Marie and District
Direct Accountability

Offers alternative to prosecution through community-based sanctions; if successful, the person does not have to return to court and does not have a criminal conviction registered

Provides the following programs or sanctions:
  • Anger/Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program
  • Community service hours
  • Donation to an agency or organization
  • Restitution to the victim
  • Connects clients to local supports to address needs
Individuals who have been charged with minor criminal offences
  • Must be willing to accept responsibility for the actions that led to the charge
  • Must be willing to make amends for their offence through an assigned task or "sanction"
  • Must complete an agreement, which outlines the terms of sanctions to be met
  • Sanction must be completed within a 90-day window

Age Requirements: Ages: 18 year(s) and up;
Application Process
  • If notified by the Crown Attorney at the first court appearance that they are qualified to apply to the program, must meet with the JHS Direct Accountability Coordinator to determine eligibility
  • Individuals can also ask their Counsel or Duty Counsel about their eligibility
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Legal Status
(50) Non Profit ; (80) United Way
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Agency Information
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On May 15, 2019

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