John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County

About Us

Mission Statement

“Effective, just, and humane responses to crime and its causes.”


John Howard was an 18th century Englishman who was captured by the French while sailing from England to Spain. He subsequently spent five years in French dungeons before returning to England as part of a prisoner exchange. Eventually, he was made the Sheriff of Bedford, a post which included among its duties, the task of inspecting local prisons. Few sheriffs actually bothered to carry out these duties but John Howard was different. Shocked by the corruption, stench, filth, starvation and disease he saw in the jails, he dedicated his life to improving prison conditions throughout England, Wales and continental Europe. His famous report, On the State of Prisons in England and Wales led to legislation against the more obvious evils of the system, and slowly moved public opinion to favour more humane prison conditions.
There are many organizations around the world, which use the name John Howard. Most of them are associated with correctional reform and/or services to help offenders make positive changes in their lives. Although the organizations outside of Canada are not formally aligned, they share a common purpose and philosophy, which reflects the life and work of the man John Howard.
In 1949, A. M. Kirkpatrick founded the Windsor Branch of the John Howard Society. For over sixty years the John Howard Society of Windsor Essex has been serving this community and those who have come into conflict with the law. Today the John Howard Society of Windsor Essex is an active member of the community working towards preventing crime and its causes.

Board of Directors

Jennifer Rooke

Georgette Makhoul

Constable Robert Durling

Abdul Khan

Inspector Daniel Potvin 

Kristen Jeavons

Cole Carosella

Dr. Amy Fitzgerald                             

Sarah Yalda

Daniel Topp

Helen Karpouzos



  • Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)
  • Accessibility Policy
  • Minimum Standards Policy
  • Human Rights Policy
  • Workplace Violence Policy

*All policies can be viewed at The John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex Office in English and French*

Strategic Plan

Download Strategic Plan 2018-2021 Windsor


View our CRA/ T3010 Charitable Organization Designation