John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area



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Join the Hamilton Community Collaborative for Adult Justice on Wednesday August 10th, 2016 for our annual Prisoner Justice Day event.

654 Barton Street East, Hamilton

Outdoor garden space (enter off Kinrade Avenue)

6:00 to 8:00 pm

The event will conclude with a free BBQ to celebrate the ending of the fast typically associated with Prisoner Justice Day.

Hamilton Community Collaborative for Adult Justice partners include:

  • John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area
  • St. Leonard’s Society Hamilton
  • Elizabeth Fry Society, Southwestern Ontario
  • The Bridge (Hamilton): From Prison to Community
  • Salvation Army
  • Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
  • Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton

August 10th is the day prisoners have set aside as a day to fast and refuse to work in a show of solidarity to remember those who have died in unnecessarily, victims of murder, suicide and neglect.

It is also a community awareness day, for events like today, the day when organizations and individuals in the community hold demonstrations, vigils, worship services and other events to show support for Prisoner Justice Day.

August 10th is a day to raise public awareness of the demands made by prisoners to change the criminal justice system and the brutal and inhumane conditions that lead to so many prison deaths including solitary confinement, double bunking, involuntary transfers and health care.

Prisoner Justice Day is meant to highlight important systemic issues including:

  • The high rate of women are in prison for protecting themselves against their abusers
  • The disproportionate percentage of Aboriginal, minority and marginalized populations in prison
  • The lack of HIV / AIDS education, prevention and treatment in the prison system

In Canada, Prisoner Justice Day was first officially recognized on August 10th 1976 to recognize the deaths of two prisoners in 1974 and 1976 at Millhaven, a maximum security institution in Bath, Ontario.

On August 10th, 1976 thousands of prisoners across Canada went on a one day hunger strike. Prisoner Justice Day Committees were formed in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia to organize community events to draw attention to the prisoners concerns.

The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area is a Not-for-Profit organization and a registered Charity in good standing with the Government of Canada. Our agency was established in Hamilton in 1949 by a group of caring citizens and community leaders who formed our first Board of Directors. Today the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area is one of 19 affiliates in Ontario and over 50 across Canada.

Our agency works with at risk individuals and is committed to providing a continuum of evidence based and impact driven prevention and intervention services supporting individuals and families to develop the skills and assets necessary to make positive and long lasting life changes, enabling them to become fully contributing members of the community.

The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area, through the efforts of our professional staff, volunteers and community partners “Make a Difference” in the lives of our clients and support a healthier and safer community.

Our agency works effectively with diverse and at risk groups that includes children and youth, young adults, adults, seniors and families. We work with both males and females that reflect a broad cross section of social, ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds in our broader community.

The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area has built positive relationships with a broad range of financial supporters of the agency which includes Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government, the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, different granting organizations and foundations including the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Hamilton Community Foundation.

We also have developed strong business relationships with many for profit organizations who are not only providing financial support but are working directly with our agency around business planning and the collective impact of our services.

Many of our services and programs are not fully supported by our funders and in some cases we receive no funding for these important services. Our agency continues to depend on, and our clients benefit greatly from, annual support, donations, legacy support and business donations.

Please tour our website for more detailed information on our work in your community. If you still have questions, or if you can’t find what you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.

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