Successful Bail Program Comes to Kingston
John Howard Society Provides Verification and Supervision Services
The province's Bail Verification and Supervision Program is now available in the Kingston area.
The program serves people accused of criminal offences who, while not considered a threat to the community, would be held in custody simply because they do not have the finances or social supports to meet bail conditions. The John Howard Society of Kingston & District will supervise clients, ensure they attend all court appearances and meet all conditions, and help them navigate the criminal court process.
The Justice on Target Bail Experts Table, which includes representation from across the criminal justice sector, recommended the expansion of the Bail Verification and Supervision Program noting its contribution to more efficient and effective bail processes.
Improving the bail process is part of the Ontario government's commitment to strengthening the justice system, enhancing the quality of life for Ontario families and ensuring a dynamic economy for future generations. It is also part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.
- Since 2011-12, 91 per cent of supervised clients attended all court dates.
- Bail supervision costs approximately $5 per person, per day, as opposed to $184 per day for incarceration in jail.
- The Bail Verification and Supervision Program is now available in 17 communities across Ontario.
“I’m pleased that this valuable program is now available to serve people in the Kingston area, and will help to keep area courts running smoothly. 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.”
“An efficient bail system, which includes community supervision for low risk individuals, is critical to ensuring public safety and an effective criminal justice system in Kingston.”
Chief Gilles M. Larochelle
“The John Howard Society of Kingston and District is pleased to offer this service, which promotes supervision as an alternative to detention. The program provides important support to vulnerable people and helps them carry on with their lives in their community while awaiting trial.”