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Words of Promise: Voluntary Organizations' Experiences with Literacy (1991)

In 1990, to mark International Literacy Year, Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada invited voluntary organizations to look at the literacy needs of the people who use their services.

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Police stories: Working with people with low literacy (2009)

In this document, prepared by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) with funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), police officers reflect on the impact of low literacy among the people they deal with.

The officers share their concern that some people don’t understand what is going on in the court system and discuss telltale signs that low literacy is a problem for someone.

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2011-07-22

Literacy and Policing in Canada Module 2: Literacy and its Social and Legal Impact on Policing - Full-day Workshop (2009)

Participants' Workbook

This workbook is part of a project undertaken by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), with funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), to make police officers more aware of the kinds of problems caused by low literacy both in the community in general and within the criminal justice system in particular.

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Literacy and Policing in Canada - Module 1: Orientation to Literacy Challenges in Canada - Half-day Workshop (2009)

Student Workbook

This workbook is part of a project undertaken by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), with funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), to make police officers more aware of the kinds of problems caused by low literacy both in the community in general and within the criminal justice system in particular.

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2011-07-22

Crime and Unemployment: What's the link? (2009)

This document, prepared by the John Howard Society, provides a brief overview of the relationship between crime, employment and employment services. It cites a study showing that 75 per cent of those admitted to federal prisons had experienced at least some difficulty with getting or maintaining employment. As well, it notes that inmates are less likely than the general population to have completed high school.

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2010-02-17

Literacy Awareness Resource Manual for Police (2008)

This resource manual is a publication by the Literacy and Policing Project of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Ottawa, and its Crime Prevention Committee. It provides an overview of the literacy problem in Canada, the impact of low literacy on communities, crime and the justice system and how to recognize the signals of low literacy and act on them. The legalities relating to literacy are also described.

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2009-07-22

Changing Paths (2002)

A literacy & life skills program for women in conflict with the law

In 1998, a program was undertaken by the Edmonton John Howard Society and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, with the collaborative support of numerous community-based agencies and organizations. This program was especially designed for women who were in, or at risk of being in, conflict with the law.

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2005-05-11

Literacy in Canada: It's Time for Action (2004)

Recommendations for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

In this brief, the Movement for Canadian Literacy (MCL) calls on the Standing Committee on Finance to recommend the resources necessary to establish a pan-Canadian literacy strategy. Canada's economic and social prosperity will be served if the federal government makes literacy a policy priority.

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2004-11-30

Literacy and Justice (2002)

The Literacy is for Life Fact Sheet series is a series of two-pager highlights on literacy and related topics.

This Fact Sheet highlights Literacy and Justice. “Without literacy there can be no justice.” (Burt Galaway, John Howard Society, 1997.)

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2004-11-04

Womanhood, Deviance and Reform: Women's Rehabilation in Prison (1995)

Women's Education des femmes, Fall 1995 - Vol. 11, No. 4

In this article, the author discusses programs for women in prison, designed to rehabilitate women to acceptable states of womanhood and while the roles of wife, mother and homemaker are reinforced, women's diverse problems and needs are overlooked. There is discussion of the relationship between crime committed by women and their economic need due to unemployment, underemployment, poor job skills and a lack of education.

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