As the ombudsman for federally sentenced offenders, the Office of the Correctional Investigator serves Canadians and contributes to safe, lawful and humane corrections through independent oversight of the Correctional Service of Canada by providing accessible, impartial and timely investigation of individual and systemic concerns.
CAEFS is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized. Together, Elizabeth Fry Societies develop and advocate the beliefs, principles and positions that guide CAEFS. The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, nationally and internationally.
The firm’s practice is primarily in the criminal law area and related constitutional and administrative law matters arising out of the administration of sentences of imprisonment in both Federal and Provincial prisons and conditional release or parole and other similar issues. In essence this firm is interested in protecting individuals from the abuse of power by governments at all levels and to ensure that those exercising statutory power do so fairly and within their jurisdiction.
The John Howard Society of British Columbia is a non-profit charitable organization that assists regional John Howard Societies across the province, which have a strong history of assisting individuals and families who have come into (or are at risk of) conflict with the law, offering prevention and intervention services as well as advocacy and public education.
Legal Aid BC is a non-profit organization created by the LSS Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation services to people with low incomes. Their priority is to serve the interests of people with low incomes. But many of their services are available to all British Columbians. Legal Aid BC helps with:
- serious family problems,
- child protection matters,
- immigration issues, and
- criminal law issues.
They do this by providing a range of services that help people resolve their legal problems. They determine the services they offer as part of their obligations under the LSS Act. Their services are offered at legal aid locations throughout the province.
400 – 510 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8
Phone: 604 601-6000
Toll Free: 1 866-577-2525
The Prison Outreach Program (POP) offers inmates living with HIV: one-on-one support, outreach visits, advocacy, pre-release planning and post-release support.
It also provides HIV educational programs within provincial and federal prisons to help inmates with disease prevention and health promotion, and to educate staff.
They have also developed resources specifically for inmates and prison staff who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
The West Coast Prison Justice Society was incorporated in 1993 to promote the provision of legal aid to prisoners in British Columbia. They promote the rule of law within prisons and the fair and equal treatment of prisoners. The West Coast Prison Justice Society operates Prisoners’ Legal Services, a legal clinic for federal and provincial prisoners in BC.
Prisoners in British Columbia can access their services by calling the Legal Aid BC Call Centre for a referral at:
- 604 408-2172 (Greater Vancouver)
- 1-866-577-2525 (Toll-free, elsewhere in BC)
After getting a referral, prisoners can call West Coast Prison Justice Society direct:
- 604 636-0464 (BC)
- 1 866 577-5425 (Toll-free, elsewhere in Canada)