Publications

Booklets for Federal Prisoners 

Conditional ReleaseNew! November 19, 2015
This booklet explains your rights if you are applying for parole, or if you have been detained or suspended from conditional release.

Visits: Your Legal RightsNew! November 12, 2015
Prisoners have a right to reasonable contact with family, friends and others from the community. Any limits on your right to visits must be reasonable and necessary to protect the security of the prison or the safety of people.

DivorceNew! November 19, 2015
This booklet explains the steps you need to take to legally end your marriage in British Columbia.

Child SupportNew! November 19, 2015
This booklet provides information about child support and how to change child support orders in British Columbia.

Transgender Rights in Federal PrisonsNew! November 19, 2015
This booklet explains what rights you have as a transgender federal prisoner, and how
to make sure those rights are protected.

Bill C479: What’s changed for prisoners convicted of violent offences?
Bill C-479 increases the time the parole board can take between parole and detention reviews for prisoners serving time for violent offences.

The Prison Disciplinary Process: Your Legal Rights  Updated November 12, 2015
This booklet explains your rights if you are charged with a disciplinary offence in federal prison.

Writing an Effective GrievanceUpdated November 12, 2015
This booklet explains the process for making a complaint with the Correctional Service of Canada.

Correcting Your CSC FileUpdated November 12, 2015
This booklet explains what kind of Correctional Service of Canada file information can be corrected and how to apply to have your information corrected.

Your Right to Property in Federal PrisonUpdated November 12, 2015
This booklet is a self-help guide about your rights to personal property while you are in federal custody.

Prisoner pay cuts 2013
This flier contains information on what you can do about cuts to prisoners’ pay.

Section 810Updated November 12, 2015
The Criminal Code of Canada allows a judge or justice of the peace to require you to enter into a recognizance (like a peace bond) if there are reasons to believe you will commit certain serious crimes. Being on a recognizance is like being on probation. This booklet explains the 810 process, what your rights are and how to get legal help.

Human Rights for Federal PrisonersUpdated November 12, 2015
The Canadian Human Rights Act applies to federal prisoners. This booklet tells you what rights are protected under human rights law and how to try to resolve human rights complaints.

Methadone Treatment in Federal PrisonsUpdated November 19, 2015
This booklet will explain how to qualify for Methadone treatment in prison, the requirements of the Correctional Service of Canada program, how Methadone is administered and the reasons why you might be cut off Methadone treatment.

Aboriginal Prisoners’ Legal Rights
This booklet explains your rights, and the programs available to you, as an Aboriginal prisoner in federal custody.

Conditional Release for Aboriginal Prisoners
This booklet explains the rights you have as an Aboriginal prisoner if you are applying for parole, detained or suspended from conditional release.

Aboriginal Prisoners’ Spiritual Accommodation 
This booklet explains your right to take part in Aboriginal spirituality while in federal prison.

Booklets for Provincial Prisoners

Prisoners’ Legal Rights in British Columbia provincial prisonsUpdated February 15, 2016
This booklet explains what rights you have as a provincial prisoner in British Columbia, and how to exercise your rights.

Health Care Rights in British Columbia provincial prisonsUpdated November 23, 2015
This booklet explains what health care rights you have as a provincial prisoner in British Columbia and how to make sure your rights to health care are protected.

Human Rights in British Columbia provincial prisons Updated November 23, 2015
The British Columbia Human Rights Code applies to provincial prisoners in BC. This booklet tells you what rights are protected under human rights law and how to try to resolve human rights complaints.

Aboriginal Prisoners’ Legal Rights in British Columbia provincial prisons
This booklet explains your rights, and how to exercise your rights, as an Aboriginal prisoner in provincial custody.

Booklets for Youth in Custody

Youth in custodyNew! November 12, 2015
This booklet explains your legal rights in youth custody centres in British Columbia, and how to exercise your rights.