Fighting for the Right to the Cure – ALC’s Hepatitis C Pro Se Litigation Manual

Fighting for the Right to the Cure – ALC’s Hepatitis C Pro Se Litigation Manual

A Guide for Filing a Lawsuit to Win Treatment with the Breakthrough
Cure for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C Pro Se Litigation Manual

The Abolitionist Law Center’s Hepatitis C Project was developed to
assist incarcerated people throughout the state of Pennsylvania obtain
Hepatitis C treatment. The Hepatitis C Project developed out of our
work in _Mumia Abu Jamal v. Kerestes_. Since the project’s inception,
we have corresponded with many throughout the state prisons that are
living with Hepatitis C.

ALC does not have the capacity to represent every prisoner with
Hepatitis C. In order to reach as many people as possible, we have
created this pro se litigation packet for incarcerated patients who will
represent themselves in court. This packet can be used by any
incarcerated patient with Hepatitis C to draft pro se litigation in an
effort to obtain Hepatitis C treatment. The components of this packet
include:

  • Hepatitis C factsheet
  • The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Guide on
    When and in Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy
  • List of common medical terms associated with Hepatitis C
  • List of medical tests associated with Hepatitis C
  • List of questions to ask your medical provider regarding your
    Hepatitis C
  • The PA DOC Hepatitis C treatment protocol
  • Instructions on how to file a grievance
  • Draft grievance
  • Jailhouse lawyer’s manual (written by Mumia Abu Jamal)
  • Legal brief instructions
  • Draft legal brief
  • Draft complaint

Please use this packet to assist in securing treatment. There is now a
safe and effective cure for Hepatitis C, and there is no reason why so
many should go without access to this cure. We hope this pro se
litigation packet will help you get the Hepatitis C treatment that you
are entitled to.