Anna Little Morris

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For It’s One, Two, Three Strikes and Prisoner Suits (Might Be) Out

The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), enacted by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to respond to the prisoner “litigation explosion,” has reduced the number of prisoner suits. But more than twenty years later, federal...more

The Spears Hearing: An Under-Utilized Filter for Frivolous Prisoner Lawsuits

In a previous post, I noted the recent twentieth anniversary of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) – highlighting the intent behind the Act (to curb frivolous inmate lawsuits) and the Act’s effect (a sixty percent drop...more

4/4/2017  /  Frivolous Lawsuits , Inmates , PLRA

Twenty Years After Reform, Inmate Litigation Still Crowds Dockets

A million dollars in damages for melted ice cream. Cruel and unusual punishment for having to listen to country music. A suit demanding L.A. Gear or Reebock shoes instead of prison-issued Converses. An emotional distress...more

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