What are a families rights in the case of an inmates illnesses?

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What are a families rights in the case of an inmates illnesses?

My son had been working within the prison facility at a job unloading supply trucks. He became ill last month and when he couldn’t do the job, he was threatened with the “hole” or being written up. Now I am told that I cannot visit with him on regular visitation days because he is “not in the facility but in a hospital”. I was never informed of his removal. I have tried often to find out what his condition is but I am being stonewalled. I do not know where he is, I do not know how perilous his situation is and I have not heard from him.

Asked on November 2, 2010 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

May I suggest that you seek legal help as soon as you can.  If you feel that your son is in a life or death situation or is ill and you would like to see him then you need some muscle on your side to do so.  Attorneys are not denied access to their client's (it would be against the rights of the inmate).  So if anyone can get to him and/or get information as to his condition it would be his attorney.  Have you inquired as to the visitation hours and days in the hospital?  You should have a right to cisit him there at the very least.  Seek help.  It will hep you to sleep easier once you have figured this out.  Good luck.


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