Prisoner Belongings Webinar

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To examine the issues related to offender belongings within the justice system in Ontario. Many individuals are released from custody without their medication, health card, money, keys to their residence and sometimes even without their civilian clothes. Individuals cannot or do not pick up their belongings due to transportation issues and other barriers, leaving them stranded and more likely to re-offend. Across Ontario, many Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committees (HSJCCs) are trying to address this issue through protocols and with the help of volunteers. More attention is being given to the retrieval of prisoner belongings both regionally and provincially. Based on the discussion paper “The Issue of Prisoner Belongings – A Recipe for Re-offending,” issues and strategies will be shared through this free webinar.

Presenters:
  • Dorina Simeonov, MSc, Planning and Policy Analyst, CMHA Ontario, Policy Advisor to the Provincial HSJCC

  • Michael Dunn, Program Manger, Human Services Justice System Programs and Opioid
Treatment Program, CMHA Simcoe County, Co-Chair of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional HSJCC

  • Joslyn Gaston, MA, Mental Health Court Coordinator, CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, Chair of the Kitchener Local HSJCC
Target Audience:
Individuals and organizations who provide services to individuals with mental health, addictions and other human service needs within the criminal justice system. This includes those working in the fields of corrections, community services, housing and health.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of the webinar, you will;
· Understand the complex issues related to offender belongings retrieval
· Learn about strategies from across Ontario and lessons learned
Cost per person: FREE

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