John Howard Society of Peterborough

Youth Diversion

Extra Judicial Measures

An Extrajudicial Measure (or EJM) is a referral from either the Peterborough Police Services or OPP. Instead of pressing charges, a police officer may offer a young person (12 – 17 yrs) an opportunity to participate in the EJM program at the John Howard Society.

Contact JHS to book an appointment.  Call/text Amy at 705-927-1511

Parents or guardians/care givers are welcome to be part of this meeting.

A contract will be created that will outline the steps that the young person is going to make things right in the community. The contract may include: a letter of apology, participation in a workshop or program, an essay, community service or restitution.

If the contract is completed within 60 days 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

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 them an opportunity to avoid criminal charges and a criminal record by attending a program at the JHS.


Similar to an EJM but if the contract is not completed the court process will continue.

For more information or to book an appointment call/text Amy  at 705 927 1511