Medical Releases: How to Check on an Inmate’s Medical Condition

Step 1

First, the inmate has to sign the medical release form. Your local jail may have their own form, or else accept this one below. Click below, print it out, then mail it to your inmate:

AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OR RELEASE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION

Step 2

Your inmate then:

  • fills in the blanks on the form and signs it
  • gives it to the jail administration.

The medical release form states that the inmate gives the jail permission to speak with you about their medical treatment or health. Without that form, the jail administration/medical staff will not talk to you. If the jailer says, “Privacy law. We’re not allowed to speak to anyone about the inmate’s health or treatment,” you can then ask the jail to give the inmate the medical release form.

Step 3

Call the jail, ask for the medical unit or nurse; they will check to see if you inmate signed the form. Then you can ask the nurse/medical provider about your inmate’s medical condition and what treatment or meds they’re receiving.

Your questions can be very important if a jail has neglected your inmate or hasn’t give them the meds they need.