John Howard Society of Peterborough

Youth Diversion

Extra Judicial Measures

Extrajudicial Measures (EJM) is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The John Howard Society of Peterborough provides Extrajudicial Measures for youth in Peterborough City and County.

An Extrajudicial Measure (or EJM) is a referral from the police. Instead of pressing charges, a police officer may have the option to caution a young person between the ages of 12 and 17 for their actions and offer them an opportunity to participate in the EJM program. Should the young person choose to voluntarily participate and accept responsibility for their actions he or she would have the opportunity to avoid criminal charges and a criminal record.

STEPS
Once the young person has been granted the opportunity to participate by the officer and agrees to do so, they have the responsibility to contact the John Howard Society of Peterborough within 7 days to book an intake.

During the intake the young person will meet with a caseworker to discuss what happened and get to know him or her better. Parents or guardians are welcome to be part of this meeting. Next, an agreement will be created, also known as a contract that will help to hold the young person accountable. The contract is an action plan that will outline the steps that the young person is going to take to learn from their actions, make things right in the community and address the risk factors that landed them in conflict with the law.

The contract will include steps that are unique to the young person and their situation, but could include: a letter of apology, participation in a workshop or program, an essay, community service or restitution. In some cases you may attend a Restorative Justice Conference.

Once the contract is completed within a specified time period we will inform the police officer and they will dismiss your warning. However, if the contract is not completed the police may press charges against you.

Extra Judicial Sanctions

Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS) is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The John Howard Society of Peterborough provides Extrajudicial Sanctions for youth in Peterborough City and County.

An Extrajudicial Sanctions (or EJS) is a referral from the court system. If a young person between the ages of 12 and 17 has been charged with an offence, the Crown Attorney and the presiding Judge may grant him or her an opportunity to avoid criminal charges and a criminal record. This program is voluntary and requires the young person to take responsibility for his or her actions.

STEPS
Once the young person has been both granted the opportunity to participate by the courts and agree to do so, they have the responsibility to contact the John Howard Society of Peterborough within 7 days to book an intake.

During the intake the young person will meet with a caseworker to discuss what happened and get to know them better. Parents or guardians are welcome to be part of this meeting. Next, an agreement will be created, also known as a contract that will help to hold the young person accountable. The contract is an action plan that will outline the steps that the young person is going to take to learn from their actions, make things right in the community and address the risk factors that landed them in conflict with the law.

The contract will include steps that are unique to the young person and their situation, but could include: a letter of apology, participation in a workshop or program, an essay, community service or restitution. In some cases you may attend a Restorative Justice Conference.

Once the contract is completed within a specified time period we will return to court and inform them of the completion and they will dismiss your charges. However, if the contract is not completed the courts will proceed with the judicial process.

For More Information

Contact the John Howard Society:
Crystal Blakley
Youth Diversion Caseworker
t: (705) 743-8331 ext. 204
e: cblakley@jhsptbo.com