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The Southern Center for Human Rights is deeply concerned about the health and safety of incarcerated people during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognize that people in prisons and jails may not have access to important information about the virus. We created three sets of materials to address this critical gap in information: one for people incarcerated in the Georgia Department of Corrections, one for people incarcerated in the Alabama Department of Corrections, and one for people incarcerated in Georgia and Alabama jails.

The following information explains how to use the GDC grievance procedure to address problems you experience while in state custody, which includes state prisons, private prisons, county correctional institutions, and transitional centers.

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For individuals who are locked up in Georgia: an outline of the legal standards around the medical care that you have a right to.

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For individuals who are locked up in Alabama: an outline of the legal standards around the medical care that you have a right to.

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Published by the Center for Constitutional Rights, this handbook provides a resource for prisoners who wish to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited general information about the American legal system. This handbook is available for free to anyone: prisoners, families, friends, activists, lawyers, and others.

This handbook was written for families and loved ones of those incarcerated in Georgia’s prisons. It explains the hierarchy in the Department of Corrections and how to maneuver within it as well as appropriate and effective steps to take to resolve your loved one’s problems.

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