Mission, Vision 
& Values

Who We Serve

CJHS offers unique programs for youth and adults from all walks of life, most of whom have experienced trauma that has contributed to their involvement in the justice system. We work to remove the barriers to housing, education and employment that these individuals face, so they can make positive changes and move forward with their lives.

Our Vision

An informed, inclusive community active in preventing crime.

Our Mission

Promoting positive change through humane, just, and informed community responses to crime and its effects.

We address the root causes of crime by providing education, employment programs, housing and support so they have alternatives to breaking the law.
Justice is best served through measures that resolve conflict, embrace diversity and repair harm, while holding the individual accountable for their actions. We believe in understanding the context of why a crime was committed or harm was caused. Our goal is to restore relationships and support people in order to prevent future harm, making the Calgary community safer for all.

Our Core Values

Every person has intrinsic worth and must be treated with dignity, equity, fairness and compassion.

Every person has the right to live in a safe and peaceful society.

Maintaining a safe and peaceful society through humane responses to crime is every person’s responsibility.

Every person has the right and the responsibility to be informed about the criminal justice system.

Justice is best served through measures that resolve conflict, embrace diversity, and repair harm.

Society has a unique responsibility to provide a positive developmental environment for youth.

Our practice framework principles

  • Trauma-Informed
  • Harm Reduction
  • Focus on Restoration and Transformation
  • Cultural Respect and Inclusion
  • Natural Supports and Social Inclusion

Our guiding principles

  • Crime prevention is best served through social development
  • Justice should be restorative

Our Ends

Individuals at risk of breaking the law will have alternatives

Vulnerable groups at risk of criminal involvement should be identified. Individuals within those groups should be offered opportunities and resources to make positive changes in their lives. Programs, services and resources must be available to assist those who have been, or who are likely to be, in conflict with the law. Individuals must have opportunities to address trauma that contributes to a criminal lifestyle.

Responses to crime will be community-focused. 

To be effective, the justice system should be accessible and responsive, by providing opportunities for involvement for the offender, the victim, and their broader communities and embody the principles of restorative justice.

Communities will take ownership in crime prevention through social development.

Effective prevention of crime occurs when all actors in society take responsibility for the promotion of social, economic, and cultural conditions that strengthen communities and discourage crime. By demonstrating effective responses to and methods of preventing crime, communities can hold themselves and their systems accountable for restoring harmony.

The community will be informed about the criminal justice system.

Effective responses to crime are best achieved through knowledge and understanding of criminal justice issues. To effectively support and participate in the criminal justice system, the community must be knowledgeable about that system.

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