ACLU-TN knows that prisoners in county jails and state prisons have great difficulty getting help. Unfortunately, our resources and staff are quite limited and we receive hundreds of valid complaints from inmates each year. Because of the size of our office, we are unable to provide assistance to most of the prisoners who write to us. Our inability to help you further is not a reflection on the merits of your claims and we hope this information will help you continue to work as a strong advocate for yourself.
ACLU-TN’s Prisoners’ Rights Resource Sheet reviews how to navigate the existing grievance system in county or city jails and state prisons, and reviews prisoners’ rights issues likes due process, medical care, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, free speech and access to the courts, religious freedom, privacy, segregation and more.