Justice Assistance's Mission is to be an effective service provider that stimulates excellence in the administration of justice.
Every day this mission statement provides the energy and direction for Justice Assistance's activities: Advocacy for both crime victims and offenders through victim services and offender rehabilitation programs. Justice Assistance is an involved participant in all facets of the justice system – the courts, the correctional facilities, and the community.
In 1978, Jonathan J. Houston, the present Executive Director of Justice Assistance, organized a small group of professionals to focus on the employment problems of Rhode Island's adult ex-offender population. Now, Justice Assistance, a private nonprofit multi-service organization, is in the vanguard of criminal justice improvements in Rhode Island. With a dedicated staff and active Board of Directors, Justice Assistance marshals its collective energies into designing and implementing new programs benefiting every Rhode Island citizen and business.
The annual Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards honor Rhode Island citizens who exemplify - through professional performance and personal demeanor - the standards that Justice Assistance applies to itself. Each year we publicly recognize that our award recipients, by means of their active participation in local and state affairs, embody the spirit of Neil Houston and enable Justice Assistance to carry out its mission statement.
Justice Assistance takes pride that our programs offer new beginnings to victims and victimized businesses, juveniles, and ex-offenders. We offer a helping hand to our fellow citizens and partnership to our fellow criminal justice service providers. Your support of Justice Assistance will ensure our continued success in meeting our mission.
Presiding Justice, RI Superior Court
Stephen J. Lynch
Assistant Director of Compliance
Brown University Athletics
Major, Rhode Island State Police (ret.)
Peter F. Neronha
U.S. Attorney – District of RI
Dr. Scott Allen and Dr. Josiah Rich
Co-Directors of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights
The Honorable Francis J. Darigan
Associate Justice (ret.), RI Superior Court
For Additional Information:
2012 Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Awards
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