ACLU Ga.: Mentally Disabled Inmate Denied Health Care
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is asking a federal appeals court to force the Georgia Department of Corrections to provide medical care for a mentally disabled prisoner.
Jeffery Geter has been an inmate at Baldwin State Prison since 1998. He is now suffering with Parkinson’s disease, a brain tumor, epilepsy and, possibly, Alzheimer’s disease, ACLU Legal Director Sean Young said.
The 53-year-old inmate was seeking proper medical care while at prison and wants to vindicate his rights in court, Young said. A lower court ruled that he could not even present his claim in court because he filled out a form incorrectly while in prison.