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Offenders unable to retrieve belongings poses risks

January 8, 2014

An upcoming webinar hosted by the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) will examine issues related to Ontario’s justice system and the challenges offenders face retrieving personal property.

The webinar, “Stranded without Personal Belongings: Putting Offenders with Mental Health Issues at Risk,” will look at how individuals are released from custody without medication, health card, money, keys to their residence and sometimes without civilian clothing. Some offenders can’t or don’t get their belongings back because of transportation issues or other barriers, leaving them stranded and more likely to re-offend.

This webinar will help participants understand the complex issues related to retrieving offender belongings , strategies to address this issue, and lessons learned from across Ontario.

Webinar presenters include:

  • Dorina Simeonov, Planning and Policy Analyst, CMHA Ontario, Policy Advisor to the Provincial HSJCC
  • Michael Dunn, Program Manager, Human Services Justice System Programs and Opioid Treatment Program, CMHA Simcoe County, Co-Chair of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional HSJCC
  • Joslyn Gaston, Mental Health Court Coordinator, CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, Chair of the Kitchener Local HSJCC

The presentation will take place on January 29, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Register here for this free event.

For more information, contact Cathy Thompson.

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