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Determinants Of Civil Rights Filings In Federal District Court By Jail And Prison Inmates, Margo Schlanger, Anne Morrison Piehl Jan 2004

Determinants Of Civil Rights Filings In Federal District Court By Jail And Prison Inmates, Margo Schlanger, Anne Morrison Piehl

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This article uses panel data estimation techniques to examine the relation between the number of federal court civil filings by inmates and jail and state prison populations (and, hence, the relation between jail and prison inmate filing rates) both before and after the effective date, in 1996, of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The research issue matters for several reasons. First, the amount of litigation by inmates is a crucial component of the regulatory regime governing jails and prisons and thus what factors drive filings, and by how much, deserves close attention and assessment. In addition, the PLRA was ...