John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie & District

Direct Accountability Program

The Crown Attorney notifies the accused at their first court appearance if they are eligible for the program. The accused then meets with the JHS Community Justice Worker who explains the program and the sanction(s) then determines eligibility. To be considered for the program an individual must:· Be willing to accept responsibility for actions that led to the charge.

· Be 18 years of age or older
· Be willing to make amends for their offence through an assigned task or “sanction”.
· Complete an agreement, which outlines the terms of sanctions to be met.
If successful, the person may not have to return to court and does not have a criminal conviction registered. Sanctions may include: Community Service Hours, restitution to the victim, donation to a charitable agency, a letter of apology, counselling/assessment referrals to community agencies, enter a peace bond, or attendance at our Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program/ Anger and Substance Awareness Program which explores substance use, its effects on the mind and body, the costs and benefits of substance use, the benefits of change and treatment options.