Feds defunding program for freed high-risk sex offenders

Global News

An organization that works with the most high-risk sex offenders after they’re released from prison is scrambling for new funding sources as the federal government prepares to cut it off.

Circles of Support and Accountability is a Mennonite non-profit that’s worked for years in communities across Canada as a kind of transitional support group for sex offenders fresh out of prison.

It’ll lose $1.5 million at the end of September, money that used to come from the National Crime Prevention Centre. And at the end of March, it loses another $325,000 from Correctional Services Canada. (Its Ontario programs are in the second year of a five-year contract, and the group has “verbal confirmation” that says regional coordinator Eileen Henderson.

The people the program works with, many of them violent or serial rapists, often walk free, their sentences complete, with few supports in the community and few – if any –…

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