Adult Justice Program



Overview

The African Canadian Justice Program (ACJP) is a culturally specific service for low risk African Canadian adults in conflict with the law, funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General and administered by the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC). The vision of this program is to provide African Canadians with culturally relevant educational programs and referral services. The ACJP will foster opportunities for positive development, growth, and change from a culturally consistent perspective.

Who We Serve

The ACJP is one facet of the ACLC’s mandate to serve the African Canadian Community and assist individual African Canadians to reach their full potential.  The over-arching goal of program services is to reduce and prevent recidivism amongst African Canadian adult offenders through the utilization of culturally appropriate, evidenced based practices in correctional treatment.

Group Programming

The ACJP is committed to delivering African-centered, cognitive-behavioural programming options designed to meet the needs of African Canadian adults in conflict with the law. The ACJP also utilizes the principles of Direct Accountability to help clients take responsibility for their actions.

The organization delivers the following programming options:

  • Shoplifting Prevention Program sensitizes shoplifters to the costs of shoplifting while assisting them to develop an understanding of the societal and personal impact of  shoplifting.
  • Criminal Justice/Victim Impact Education Program assists clients in developingincreased empathy towards the victim and re-thinking their lifestyle choices, thought processes and behaviours that promote and sustain criminal activity.
  • Managing Your Emotions Program aids participants to develop healthy coping mechanisms and strategies to effectively manage feelings of anger. Awareness of personal triggers and exercises to gain control will serve to prevent future episodes of verbal and physical aggression.

Referral Process

The ACJP accepts referrals from the Community Justice Workers in each of the five Toronto court locations:

  • 2201 Finch Avenue
  • 1000 Finch Avenue
  • 1911 Eglinton Avenue East
  • Old City Hall Court
  • College Park Court

In addition, to address personal circumstances that may lead to re-offending, program staff will assist clients who require general information, access to social services, or advocacy services, i.e. housing, job readiness, life skills. Program staff will support clients by providing them with the appropriate linkages to community organizations. Upon completion of all programs, recommendations for on-going services will be provided to each client in-order to support their personal goals and to help them cope with risk factors that can impede their progress and success.