John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie & District

Bail Verification and Supervision Program

What Is The Bail Program?
The Bail Verification and Supervision Program serves two principles upon which our democratic justice system is based: presumption of innocence before trial and fair treatment of all people regardless of social and economical background.

How Does The Program Work?
An interview is conducted prior to the accused appearing in bail court
Identifies the availability of a surety for accused persons
Provides to the courts verified, neutral and factual information about an accused person such as address and place of employment
Provides supervision, counseling and referral services for people who are released from custody by the courts
Provides advocacy, support and collaboration with other community agencies
Assists clients in addressing issues including mental health, addictions, housing, employment and interpersonal supports while awaiting trial
Why Does The John Howard Society Run This Program?
To provide supervision of individuals released from jail on bail conditions, to reduce the risk of failing to appear in court. The program also aims to reduce the high numbers of people remanded into overcrowded correctional facilities awaiting trial.

Who Is Eligible For JHS Supervision?
Accused persons:

Must not have three or more breach convictions or failing to appear convictions in the past four years
Must be 16 years of age or older
Display the willingness to participate in the program

W.A.S.H. (Weekend and Statutory Holiday) Court
Bail workers are available on weekends and holidays at the request of Duty Counsel or the Crown.

This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General