The Salvation Army, since its inception in 1865, has been continuously concerned about the question of crime and punishment and has addressed itself to that concern in very practical ways. From the earliest days The Army has taught within prison walls, of the redeeming love of Christ, and has shown a general concern for the spiritual well-being of those who are incarcerated. It must be noted, however, that the initial ministry in the jails was carried by Salvationists incarcerated because of their faith. The Founder of The Army, William Booth, expressed this fact when he stated:
“The Salvation Army has at least one great qualification for dealing with the question of correctional problems. I believe I am in the proud position of being at the head of the only religious body which has always had some its members in jail for conscience’s sake."
The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services – Ottawa was put into service in July 1952 and has proven its’ strength ever since. The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services – Ottawa has been and still is a prominent agency geared towards community corrections.