Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) offers a caring community around people with offending histories, who are at high risk of harming themselves and others. Volunteers and staff offer a supportive space to those integrating into the community after incarceration, serving Probation or Parole, or simply feel they need additional support to live safely.
People with offending histories often experience fear and isolation in the community as a result of stigma attached to their offences. This environment of isolation is a major risk factor and undermines chances for positive growth and change. While much of society considers high risk individuals as hopeless, CoSA utilizes a strength-based approach for constructive integration, reducing recidivism rates by 72- 83%. The mantra of the program is no more victims.
CoSA’s approach is based heavily on the philosophy of restorative justice. We utilize a holistic approach, focusing on mending relationships affected by the offence, holding offenders accountable for harms they caused, and building stronger and safer communities.