The Green Haven Prison Project

The Green Haven Prison Project is a bimonthly seminar on legal and political issues run jointly by prisoners and Yale Law students. For almost 40 years, the program has served as a bridge between future legal professionals and the incarcerated men of Project for a Calculated Transition at Green Haven Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in New York.

Through these seminar sessions, students get to know incarcerated individuals outside the context of the lawyer-client relationship. Volunteers provide no legal services to the prisoners, and the seminars are planned collaboratively. The men in PACT sometimes even treat students to programming entirely of their own invention. Future prosecutors and public defenders are especially encouraged to participate, but students who do not plan to practice criminal law are welcome as well. The application process commences at the beginning of each academic year. The current student director is Theo Torres ([email protected]).