“These new investments are critical to improving Barrie’s local justice system. Expanding the Bail Verification and Supervision Program in Barrie and to Bracebridge will provide more supports for low-risk people who come in contact with the law. Additionally, I’m thrilled that Barrie will be part of the Bail Beds program. I believe these investments will go a long way towards making the justice system faster and fairer while also keeping our communities safe.”
-Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie
Ontario is moving forward with its plan to make the criminal justice system faster and fairer by implementing programs to help reduce time-to-trial and improve the bail system in Simcoe County.
The plan will enhance public safety by making it possible to resolve criminal cases faster and by making more supports and supervision available to vulnerable, low-risk individuals who come in contact with the law.
In Simcoe County, the province is:
In addition, the ministry is working with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre to develop an Indigenous support service enhancement position to provide culturally appropriate bail services to Indigenous people living in Simcoe County.
Improving Ontario's criminal justice system is part of our plan to keep communities safe and help people in their everyday lives.
“Ontario’s criminal justice system must work to protect the interests of all people — victims, the public and the accused — while keeping our communities safe. We are working on all fronts to ensure that cases get to court faster so that we have a fairer criminal justice system. Our investments in community-based agencies here in Barrie and the surrounding area will help make it possible for vulnerable, low-risk Ontarians to be safely released in the community with the supervision and support they need.”
“The Salvation Army is pleased that Ontario is expanding the Simcoe Bail Program into Muskoka. Our Bail Verification and Supervision Program is helping to support a faster, fairer and safe justice system for Ontarians, while enabling us to further impact our communities in positive ways.”
-John Poletek, Executive Director, Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services
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