In dealing with the dedicated work carried on by our pioneer penal reformers, it (“Halfway Home”) puts responsibility back where it belongs: on the individual offender and the individual citizen… The self-examination of what is going on may lead to more humility, more cooperation and more success.
Unless our society can redeem those who go astray, we can hardly call ourselves civilized; and, anyone doing the work being undertaken in St. Leonard’s Halfway Houses deserves the support of all who believe in human dignity.
It is a privilege to pay my respects to the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada in the fine and unselfish work it is doing across Canada under the dedicated and imaginative leadership of Father T.N. Libby… I hope the work-so important in dealing with one of the most difficult social problems that we face-will receive the support to which it is certainly entitled.
The key to Libby’s whole approach was his insistence on the infinite worth of every human being as God’s creation, regardless of the offenses he may have committed against society, against himself and against his Maker.
Establishing residential centres to facilitate the transition from prison door to normal life is a major breakthrough in the advancement of correctional practices. On behalf of all Canadians who believe in the freedom and dignity of the individual, I endorse the good work of the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada.
The charitable and not for profit sector has always played a significant role in community based justice initiatives in Canada. Organizations such as the St. Leonard’s Society continue to demonstrate leadership in many areas, including coordination of services for those at the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems.
The St. Leonard’s Society of Canada has been at the very forefront of the movement toward the provision of community-based programming from its beginning stages in this country. From the creation of halfway houses to the concept of day reporting centres and services for people with special needs, St. Leonard’s has been a national organization that not only provides quality programs but has provided a voice for reform in criminal justice.