Not So Sweet: Questions Raised by Sixteen Years of the PLRA and AEDPA
Michael M. O'Hear
Marquette University - Law School; Independent
Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 24, No. 4, April 2012
Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 13-01
In 1996, Congress adopted two sweeping statutes that were intended to restrict the ability of prisoners to obtain redress in federal court for violations of their constitutional rights. This essay introduces an issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter assessing the legacy of these two laws, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty and Prison Litigation Reform Acts, and considers the extent to which these statutes highlight structural flaws in the way that the political and legal systems engage with prisoner litigation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: habeas corpus, prisoner-rights, constitutional rights, criminal, sentences, AEDPA, PLRAAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 7, 2013
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