Patricia Allard
Deputy Director, Research and Policy

The Legal Network welcomed Patricia to its staff in May 2009.

For the past ten years, Patricia has worked in the United States at the Sentencing Project and Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, advocating for criminal justice and drug policy reform — with a particular emphasis on the needs of low-income women and women of color. As a Soros Justice Fellow, Patricia developed a ‘research to action’ initiative that resulted in child welfare reform, affecting over one million children whose parents are incarcerated. Patricia is the author of numerous book chapters, journal articles and national reports, including Life Sentences: Denying Welfare Benefits to Women Convicted of Drug Offenses and Rebuilding Families, Reclaiming Lives: State Obligations to Children in Foster Care and their Incarcerated Parents.

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, an LL.B. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and an M.A. from the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 1998.