The paper discusses the power of federal courts to issue injunctions against overcrowding, class action certification, modifying consent decrees, etc. It also analyzes congressional intent in making the law as well as its practical effects. "Thus the legislative history of the Helms Amendment suggests that its intent was to reinforce existing constitutional standards, not to change them." Any attorney litigating class action or prison overcrowding suits should read Ms. Alexanders paper of the above title. It is available from the NPP, their address is on page 20 of this issue of PLN
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