Why It’s Nearly Impossible for Prisoners to Sue Prisons

By Rachel Poser, The New Yorker

The 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act was designed not for the protection of prisoners but just the opposite. The act enables law enforcement officials to commit violence against the incarcerated. The Prison Litigation Reform Act mandates that inmates jump through a series of intricate procedural hoops if they want to have their voices heard. An error to follow procedure perfectly means than they will be silenced. One civil rights lawyer had “come across cases in which inmates have had their grievances rejected for writing in red ink, for writing on the back of a form, and for attaching medical records to their submissions.” As a result, very few officers will face repercussions for the violence against inmates that they commit.

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