Correctional Law Project Director Elizabeth Thomas (middle) and students work on Supreme Court of Canada intervention in the CLP library.
The Correctional Law Project is a specialty legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. It provides legal advice and representation to prisoners in the Kingston area penitentiaries on all prison law issues. In addition, we work with other organizations such as the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, the John Howard Society of Canada and PASAN in support of their work on behalf of federally sentenced prisoners. The Clinic also facilitates the appeals of unrepresented prisoners in the appeals of their convictions and sentences at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Students enrolled in Clinical Prison Law 418A/B represent the clinic’s clients at prison Disciplinary Court and parole hearings. They also help with prisoners’ grievances, a formal redress process mandated by legislation, and other legal research and assistance with the clinic’s litigation, as required. All work done by students is supervised by the clinic’s lawyers.