Life(r)’s Work: An Historical Analysis and Evaluation of a Program for Life Sentenced People in Canada (2017)
SLSC is proud to have supported the development of ‘Life(r)’s Work’ with the PeerLife Collaborative. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the LifeLine program based on an analysis of historical data. It also evaluates work that has been undertaken following the loss of Government funding in 2012, and provides recommendations for building on the strengths of this internationally recognized, award-winning service.
Beyond Custody: Positive Pathways to Housing for Youth in Conflict with the Law (2018)
SLSC and St. Leonard’s Home Trenton worked together to develop Beyond Custody: Positive Pathways to Housing for Youth in Conflict with the Law. This project was funded under the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness (ISH) branch of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) at Employment and Social Development Canada. This project built on SLSC’s research findings to assist SLHT with developing and improving pathways to housing for young people beyond a custodial sentence, and enhancing strategic partnerships with local stakeholders. The main objective was to undertake a data collection initiative that provided SLHT with a snapshot of the housing trajectories of youth who are exiting their residential program.
SLSC has collaborated with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to develop and apply a modified version of SLSC’s 2014 Train the Trainer: Peer Mentoring Workshop for individuals with a history of problematic substance abuse. This is part of a larger initiative co-chaired by CCSA and CSC, Addressing Offenders’ Problematic Substance Use (AOPSU). The AOPSU project is based on the knowledge that problematic substance use (PSU) is a known risk factor contributing to recidivism and a potential barrier to successful community reintegration following release from a correctional institution. The objective of the AOPSU project is to address the risk factors related to PSU by promoting evidence-informed practices that help successfully reintegrate people with PSU into the community.