Argument preview: Calling (PLRA) strikes

Claud Mccoid

In 1996, Congress passed the Prison Litigation Reform Act, which tightened up prisoners’ obtain to federal civil litigation in quite a few techniques. The statute was created hurriedly, and not often does a yr go by without the need of a Supreme Court decision addressing some situation of its interpretation. This term’s situation is about the PLRA’s “three strikes” provision, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). Absent “imminent hazard of serious actual physical injury,” the provision prevents prisoners from filing or captivating a federal civil motion in forma pauperis if they have experienced three or a lot more federal civil steps or appeals dismissed as “frivolous, destructive, or fall short[ing] to condition a assert.” (For prisoners, IFP status does not waive the filing charge, but relatively will allow them to shell out fees around time, soon after filing.)

The query in Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez, to be argued February 26, is what … Read More