Offender/Ex-Offender Support Groups

Mutual support groups whose members are people who have been incarcerated in a correctional facility and are seeking support for their return to the community and their ability to remain crime-free. The groups allow participants to share their experience, strengths and hopes; discuss strategies for avoiding substance abuse, gang involvement, or other criminal activity; and pursue a commitment to going back to school, finding and retaining a job and mending partner and family relationships. Meeting formats may include in-person, telephone or Internet options.



Offers a support group for individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. Program assists with transitioning back into the community after a period of incarceration.

Offers a self-help program to female identified family and friends of individuals who have, or have had, contact with the criminal justice system. Weekly meetings offer motivational support with a restorative justice approach.

The John Howard Society offers direct service to individuals who are or are at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system, and their families. Services include multiple programs for youth, adults, community programs and employment programs.

Criminalized women age 18 and older are offered an onsite drop-in support at the head office of the Elizabeth Fry Society in Hamilton. The goal of this program is to assist women who have been in conflict with the law with community reintegration.

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