Handbooks and Information

COVID-19 Information

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 two sets of materials to address this critical gap in information: one for people incarcerated in the Georgia Department of Corrections, and one for people incarcerated in Georgia jails or in the Alabama Department of Corrections. Those packets are accessible below.

GDC COVID-19 Information Packet

General COVID-19 Information Packet


Defending your Rights in Prison


The following list contains information for ordering legal manuals and self-help guides for people in prison. The Southern Center for Human Rights does not publish these guides. They are listed here for your information.

Southern Center for Human Rights Georgia Parole Handbook

This handbook reveals how the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board operates and what information you need to know if you are advocating for your loved one's release. 

Southern Center for Human Rights Georgia Prison Advocacy Handbook

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 in it as well as appropriate and effective steps to take to resolve your loved one's problems.

Jailhouse Lawyer Manual

Published by the Center for Constitutional Rights, this handbook provides 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. 

Fact Sheets 

Misdemeanor Probation in Georgia: Know Your Rights Handout
2015 Revisions to Georgia’s Drug Recidivist Law: House Bill 328’s Parole Eligibility Provisions

Stephen Bright’s Course: Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, & Disadvantage