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Inmate Grievance Procedures
Grievance procedures are governed by TDOC policy 501.01. A lot of the time inmates have
complaints about things that have an impact on their daily lives. The grievance process is designed
to be an outlet for which the inmate can voice his complaints.

First, the inmate starts by filling out a grievance form. On the form the inmate explains their
complaint and states specific names, dates, times and places that the events occurred. After that,
the inmate takes the grievance and puts it in a grievance box. It them takes seven days from the
date the grievance was filed for the inmate to get a response for the person(s) in charge of the event
or area that the event occurred in.

The grievance clerk then forwards the response back to the inmate. The inmate then has the
opportunity to accept the supervisor's response to the inmate's grievance or appeal it to the
grievance board. Within seven days the inmate will appear before the grievance board and the
board will either agree with the supervisor's response or agree that the inmate had cause for a
grievance. From that point on, the grievance will automatically go to the Warden for his approval of
the decision. The grievant will again have the choice of accepting the Warden's response to the
matter or forwarding it to the Commissioner for further review. The Commissioner's response on
the matter will be a final decision. If the inmate wishes to pursue the matter further, then he will
have to file the matter within the appropriate state or federal court system.

There are several areas which are not grievable. Disciplinary and classification issues are not
grievable a they both have their own appeals process. Diagnosis by medical professionals and
sentence credit problems are not grievable. Parole related problems are not grievable as the Parole
Board has it's own appeal process , as well. Also. grievances which are vague, such as these that
do not have specific names, dates of places, will be returned unprocessed so that the matter can be
clarified and re-filed. Grievances which contain profanity or threats will not be processed , either.
Basically, one must use their own judgement in the filing of a grievance, and be sure to make it to
the point and as detailed as possible so the problem is easy to understand.

Below are the appropriate forms to fill out when filing a grievance.

Inmate Grievance Sheet
Inmate Crievance Page 2
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