SMILE Services in Estevan is among the agencies to receive funding from the provincial government to reduce the risk of criminals re-offending.
SMILE Services is slated to receive $62,400 in each of the next three years, so that they can continue to offer an extrajudicial sanctions program in Estevan that diverts young offenders from the court system.
The announcement was made on June 16. It's one of 33 three-year projects approved; total funding across the province is $7.4 million.
The provincial government also gave the green light to seven one-year projects with a total value of $817,000.
“Community-based organizations and other third parties are a critical component in the corrections service delivery,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said. “The services are designed to reduce the risk to re-offend for a diverse group of youth and adults, whose offences range from minor to serious violent offences.”
Community-based organizations and third parties deliver a range of programs that focus on employment and educational skills, addictions services, reintegration and alternative measures programs, and community mobilization under such programs as Building Partnerships to Reduce Crime.
Programs and services are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure they align with an evidence-based approach. By focusing on best practices with measurable outcomes, the government believes it receives the best value for every dollar spent.