The John Howard Society of Fredericton Inc. is a community-based organization. The purpose of this organization is to assist inmates, ex-offenders, and those considered to be at risk to offend (due to their economic, emotional, social, or other factors) in their attempts to re-enter the circles of mainstream society. This independent and voluntary organization has been working in and around the Fredericton area since 1955. It is comprised of citizens who accept the responsibility of understanding and addressing the problems of crime and the criminal justice system in creative, humane and progressive ways.
The mandate of the John Howard Society of Fredericton Inc. is three-fold: direct service, reform and community education and development.
Direct Service provides community-based services and advocacy for individuals who have or may come in conflict with the law. Through reform, the organization reviews, analyses and evaluates criminal justice issues and actively promotes appropriate structural changes in the criminal justice process. With community education and development, the John Howard Society stimulates and engages community participation in response to the problems and issues of crime.
People have the right to live in a safe and peaceful society as well as the responsibility implied by this right to respect the law.
Every person has intrinsic worth and the right to be treated with dignity, equity, fairness and compassion when involved with the criminal justice process.
All people have the potential to become responsible citizens.
Every person has the right and the responsibility to be informed about, and involved in, the criminal justice process.
Justice is best served through measures that resolve conflicts, repair harm and restore peaceful relations in society.
Independent, autonomous non-government organizations have a vital role in the criminal justice process.
People have the right to live in a safe and peaceful society as well as the responsibility to accept humane consequences when this right is infringed.