Firm Authors Amicus Brief in the Eleventh Circuit Regarding Prison Litigation Reform Act

July 21, 2021

On July 20, the Firm filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of the Brennan Center, the Florida Justice Institute, the Human Rights Defense Center, the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and law professors Brett Dignam and William P. Quigley.  The brief was filed in Wells v. Warden, a suit in which the plaintiff-appellant seeks a narrow construction of the three strikes provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act.  As set out in the brief, in certain circumstances, the three strikes provision requires prisoners to pay courts’ full filing fees as an up-front lump sum cost.  But most inmates are poor, and cannot meet this expense.  As a result, the provision acts as a de facto ban on litigation, barring even meritorious claims.  The brief highlights the financial hurdles borne by people in prison, and the serious constitutional deprivations that can go unheard because of the three strikes provision.  

To read the brief, click here.