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Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
Article • August 5, 2016
PLRA Requires each Prisoner Plaintiff to Pay Full Filing Fee by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Wisconsin District Court’s order that held each prisoner proceeding in forma pauperis (IFP) must pay the full $150 filing fee. This action was filed by four prisoners at Wisconsin’s top-security prison, ...
Article • November 18, 2015
California Prisoner Barred From Proceeding in Forma Pauperis by California Prisoner Barred From Proceeding in Forma Pauperis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of California dismissed, on December 26, 2013, plaintiff Eric Charles Rodney Knapp’s appeal of the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor ...
Article • November 6, 2015
Prisoner's Suit Dismissed After Court Finds "Three Strikes" Litigant Not in Imminent Danger by Matthew Clarke Prisoner's Suit Dismissed After Court Finds "Three Strikes" Litigant Not in Imminent Danger by Matt Clarke In December 2009, Jeremy Pinson, a federal prisoner serving a 22-year sentence for threatening to kill the president, ...
Brief • November 4, 2015
Filed under: Filing Fees (PLRA)
Bruce v, Samuels, DC, Supreme Court - SPLC, NACDL, HRDC Amici Curiae Brief, PLRA Filing Fees, 2015 No. 14-844 In The Supreme Court of the United States ____________________________ ANTOINE BRUCE, Petitioner, v. CHARLES E. SAMUELS, JR., ET AL., Respondents. _____________________________ On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of ...
Filing • August 18, 2015
Filed under: Filing Fees (PLRA)
Bruce v. Samuels, HRDC amicus brief, USSC, PLRA fees, 2015 No. 14-844 In The Supreme Court of the United States ____________________________ ANTOINE BRUCE, Petitioner, v. CHARLES E. SAMUELS, JR., ET AL., Respondents. _____________________________ On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ...
An Expanding Strike Zone (Coleman-Bey PLRA Report), Alliance for Justice, 2015 An Expanding Strike Zone: Coleman-Bey and the Future of Civil Protections for Prison Inmates For years, Alliance for Justice has warned of the conservative-led campaign to restrict access to justice.1 From forced arbitration, to restricting medical malpractice claims, to ...
How Prisoners' Rights Lawyers are Preserving the Role of the Courts Margo Schlanger 2014 How Prisoners’ Rights Lawyers Are Preserving the Role of the Courts by Margo Schlanger DRAFT: August 11, 2014 This article canvasses prisoners’ lawyers strategies prompted by the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act. The strategies not only ...
Article • July 9, 2014 • from PLN July, 2014
Habeas Petitioner Cannot Avoid Payment of Appellate Filing Fees by Michael Brodheim Habeas Petitioner Cannot Avoid Payment of Appellate Filing Fees by Michael Brodheim The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner seeking collateral relief cannot avoid paying appellate filing fees. Following a murder conviction, Indiana prisoner ...
Trends in Prison Litigation and the PLRA Margo Schlanger U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 2014 Schlanger, Trends in Prisoner Litigation, DRAFT October 2, 2014, page 1 of 23 Trends in Prisoner Litigation, as the PLRA Enters Adulthood by Margo Schlanger* Forthcoming, U.C. IRVINE L. REV. (2015) The Prison Litigation Reform Act ...
Premature Appeal Not Frivolous Under PLRA by The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has held the Prison Litigation Reform Act’s (PLRA’s) “three strikes” provision does not encompass a dismissal for filing a premature notice of appeal. New York prisoner Injah E. Tafari brought a civil rights action in September 2000, ...
Article • April 15, 2013
Filed under: PLRA, Filing Fees (PLRA)
No More Than 20 Percent Can Be Deducted To Pay Filing Fees by Brandon Sample The provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) authorizing monthly deductions from a prisoner’s account to satisfy the filing fee in a civil case does not permit prison officials to deduct more than 20 ...
Article • November 15, 2011
Tenth Circuit Bars Prisoner From Filing Claim In Forma Pauperis by The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Lee Strope, also known as Gordon Eugene Strope, a prisoner in the state of Kansas, is barred from filing any further civil action informal pauperis (IFN). Before the court were ...
Article • July 15, 2011
PLRA's IFP Restrictions Do Not Apply To Civil Commitments by Brandon Sample By Brandon Sample Sex offenders that are civilly committed upon completion of their sentences are not "prisoners" within the meaning of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decided October ...
Article • July 15, 2011
No Refund or Waiver of Appellate Filing Fee by Mark Wilson By Mark Wilson In three consolidated cases, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that voluntary dismissal of appeals does not result in refunds of the Appellants’ $455 filing fees. The court also held that it has no authority ...
Second Circuit Explains §1915 Strikes and Imminent Danger by Mark Wilson Second Circuit Explains §1915 Strikes and Imminent Danger By Mark Wilson The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that a lower court abused its discretion in denying a pro se prisoner leave to amend his complaint to allege an ...
Eleventh Circuit Finds Disabled Prisoner in Imminent Danger for Filing Fee Purposes by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a Georgia federal district court’s injunction that prohibited a prisoner from submitting future filings, and reversed the lower court’s dismissal of the prisoner’s ...
Article • March 15, 2011
Filed under: PLRA, Filing Fees (PLRA)
Criticism of a PLRA IFP Provisions by Judge Issued in Order by A frustrated U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur issued critical comments about the Prison Litigation Reform Acts (PLRA) filing fee assessment/collection procedures on March 16, 2010. The order came in a 42U.S.C. §1983 suit by Maurice Sanders. Sanders was ...
Human Rights Watch Report Calls to Reform PLRA by David Reutter by David M. Reutter “The PLRA has had a devastating effect on the ability of incarcerated persons to protect their health and safety and vindicate other fundmanetal rights,” concludes a June 2009 report titled No Equal Justice: The Prison ...
Article • October 15, 2009
PLRA’s Frivolous Litigator IFP Cap Trumped by “Imminent Danger” Claim by The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner who alleged as one of his claims in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint that he was in “imminent danger of serious physical injury,” but who qualified ...
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