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Federal Laws & Regulations
Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA)
Murphy v. Smith
138 S.Ct. 784, 200 L.Ed.2d 75 (2018) (in suits governed by the PLRA, district courts must apply as much of the judgment as necessary, up to 25%, to satisfy an award ofattorney’s fees).
Bruce v. Samuels
136 S. Ct. 627, 577 U.S. __ (2016) (under the PLRA, a prisoner filing more than one federal case or appeal in forma pauperis must pay filing fees for each case filed)
Miller v. Alabama
567 U.S. 460 (2012) (mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments).
Brown v. Plata
563 U.S. 493 (2011) (a court-mandated population limit in California prisons was necessary to remedy the violation of prisoners' constitutional rights and was authorized by the PLRA).
Boumediene v. Bush
553 U.S. 2229 (2008) (Suspension Clause, restricting suspension of privilege of writ of habeas corpus, protects the rights of the detained by affirming the duty and authority of the judiciary to call the jailer to account).
Bounds v. Smith
430 U.S. 817 (1977) (fundamental constitutional right of access to the courts requires prison authorities to assist inmates in preparing and filing meaningful legal papers by providing prisoners with adequate law libraries or assistance from persons trained in the law).