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Road Map Action 8

Develop policies and amend bylaws to provide law enforcement with structured flexibility when issuing minor infractions.

Road Map Timeline: Years 2 - 5

EPE Strategy priority alignment: #7 - Decriminalize poverty.

There are two initiatives as part of this action:


Initiative Name:
REDUCING WARRANTS

Initiative Lead Organization:
CITY OF EDMONTON CITIZEN SERVICES SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

In order to help break the cycle of poverty and incarceration in Alberta, The Act to Modernize Enforcement of Provincial Offences was enacted on May 1, 2018. This Act  eliminates the use of warrants to enforce tickets and overdue fines for minor, non-traffic related infractions like not paying a transit fare, meaning that people with overdue fines for minor offences will no longer risk jail time.

 

PUBLIC AND Media Inquiry Contact: Government of Alberta 310-0000


Initiative Name:
WELLNESS COURT

Initiative Lead Organization:
CITY OF EDMONTON CITIZEN SERVICES SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

On April 3, 2018, a Mental Health Court or Wellness Court was established. Initially sitting two days a week, this court receives referrals from Docket Court and is attended by those appearing for the first time to have trial dates set or to plead guilty. AHS Mental Health is one of the service providers involved and is working with partners to refine referral criteria.

The goal is that those with mental health issues can receive the supports and treatment necessary to navigate the court system fairly and receive treatment for root causes of an offense.

 

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Last Updated: August 8, 2018