The program described in this article strikes me as one at very least worth continuing and probably even worth expanding. The program in question targets reintegrating sex offenders into society at the end of their sentences which means that the optics of funding it are terrible. i.e. who wants to be seen as giving money to sex offenders?
Given that Christians are often part of the getting-tough-on-crime crowd - beyond noting as the CBC article does that the program seems effective both in reducing crime and reducing justice system costs - it seems worth quoting a Correctional Services Canada page which describes the program's origins:
Just how does CoSA work and where did it start? CoSA-Ottawa program director Susan Love explains:
“CoSA originated in Hamilton in 1994 with Mennonite Pastor Harry Nigh, who befriended a mentally delayed, repeat sex offender — a man who had been in and out of institutions his entire life. Nigh and some of his parishioners formed a support group and obtained funding from the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario and CSC to keep the group going. It was effective; the man did not re-offend.”
A few months later, a similar situation arose in Toronto that would play a large part in CoSA’s inception. Another sex offender had been released amid a public outcry and a circle was formed to support him. And again, it worked. From these two acts, which mirrored the “radical hospitality” espoused by the Christian Gospels, sprang what has since become a world-renowned project embraced by faith and non-faith groups alike.
i.e. it seems well grounded in the principles of restorative justice and you'd be hard pressed to find a government program more explicitly acknowledging Christian origins. It also seems to exhibit a "there but for the grace of God go I" mentality. To quote again that Correctional Services Canada page:
When one CoSA volunteer was asked what prompted him to work with sex offenders, he replied, “I used to be like everyone else. I hated these guys. Then I met one. I realized pretty quickly that he’s just like me. He’s a human being just like I am. Once I understood that, I could not turn my back on him. I hate what he’s done but if he’s willing to do his part, I’m willing to be there to help him. I don’t want there to be any more victims.”