Effective, just & humane responses to the causes & consequences of crime

The John Howard Society is a voluntary, non-profit agency that provides intervention, residential, employment and related programs and services to adult and youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Peer-reviewed science argues that punishment does not make people more pro-social – and that it often makes them worse.

Our provincial organization, the John Howard Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, delivers best-practice services to pro-socially integrate persons at the end of their sentence and prevent people from coming into conflict with the law in the first place. Our policy and position papers and presentations advocate for legislation that accords with principles of fundamental justice.

  • A Generous Donation from the MUN Social Justice Class

    Thank you to the MUN Social Justice Class for your generous donation! Our participants very much appreciate it! Would you like to get involved too?… Read More

  • Justice and Public Safety Minister John Hogan Signs Proclamation for John Howard Society Week

    Thanks to JPS Minister John Hogan for a thoughtful discussion today on criminal justice matters and signing our Proclamation declaring Feb 12-18, 2023 JHS WEEK…. Read More

  • The HMP Phoenix Garden Project

    we’ve grown tomatoes, lettuce, squash and some beautiful flowers and houseplants, and everything seems to be thriving… Read More

How you can help

The John Howard Society depends on public involvement. All levels of the organization – from local to national – are governed by voluntary Boards of Directors. Volunteers are extensively involved in the direct service work of the Society. Many also support the work of the John Howard Society through donations.