The rehabilitation of offenders and safer communities through effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

Core Values*

  • People have the right to live in a safe and peaceful society as well as a 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 without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability 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 voluntary organizations have a vital role in the criminal justice process.

*Principles emanating from the John Howard Society’s Core Values are contained in the full Statement of Principles available at John Howard Society offices.