Successful Bail Program Expanding to Kingston
John Howard Society to Provide Verification and Supervision Services
The John Howard Society of Kingston & District has been selected to provide the province's Bail Verification and Supervision Program in the Kingston area.
The program serves people accused of criminal offences who are not considered a threat to the community, but do not have the finances or social supports to meet bail conditions. The agency will supervise clients, ensure they attend all court appearances and meet all conditions, and help them navigate the criminal court process.
Once the Kingston program begins operating in early 2014, the program will be available in 17 communities across Ontario.
The Bail Verification and Supervision Program's contribution to more efficient and effective bail processes was recently recognized by the Justice on Target Bail Experts Table, which includes representation from across the criminal justice sector.
- In 2011/12, 91 per cent of supervised clients attended all court dates.
- Bail Supervision costs approximately $5 per day per person as opposed to $184 per day for incarceration.
“Our government is committed to improving access to justice for all Ontarians and ensuring our criminal justice system is as effective and efficient as it can be. Expanding the Bail Verification and Supervision Program to Kingston will help to address a service gap in the South East Region and keep area courts running smoothly.”
“This program plays an important role in communities across Ontario by helping move cases through the criminal justice system more quickly, improve efficiencies, and reduce the number of low-risk people in detention while awaiting a trial.”
“The John Howard Society of Kingston & District is pleased to offer this service and promote supervision as an alternative to detention. It provides important support to vulnerable people and helps them carry on with their lives in their community while awaiting trial.”