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[85WashLRev0131] What's Past is Prologue: Why the Prison Litigation Reform Act Does Not -- and Should Not -- Classify Punitive Damages as Prospective Relief

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dc.contributor.author Benedetti, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Washington Law Review
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-25T00:06:23Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-25T00:06:23Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02
dc.identifier.citation 85 Wash. L. Rev. 131 (2010) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0043-0617
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/257
dc.description.abstract Abstract: The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA) arose from Congress’s intent to curb frivolous and institutionally invasive prisoner civil rights litigation. In furtherance of its goals, the PLRA limits the prospective relief prisoners can receive to such relief that is narrowly tailored to the federal rights violation at issue and the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation, otherwise known as the need-narrownessintrusiveness standard. Under the PLRA, prospective relief includes all relief other than compensatory monetary damages. However, while the courts have frequently applied and interpreted the PLRA over the past decade, only one circuit has addressed whether prospective relief as defined in the PLRA includes punitive damages. In Johnson v. Breeden,1 the Eleventh Circuit held that the term “prospective relief” includes punitive damages and that as a result, the PLRA requires that punitive damages conform to the need-narrownessintrusiveness standard. This Comment argues that based on the inherent differences between punitive damages and prospective relief, the text of the PLRA, and the legislative intent behind the statute, prospective relief as defined by the PLRA does not, and should not, encompass punitive damages awarded to prisoners for violations of federal law. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Law Review, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title [85WashLRev0131] What's Past is Prologue: Why the Prison Litigation Reform Act Does Not -- and Should Not -- Classify Punitive Damages as Prospective Relief en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2010 by Washington Law Review Association. en_US


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