If you are currently incarcerated and believe your civil rights have been violated, you may be considering filing a lawsuit in federal court. Before you do, you should know about a federal law called the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), which affects your ability to sue the prison or prison officials for constitutional violations. In short, the law makes it harder for you to bring claims. Know what the PLRA requires will make a significant difference in making sure your claims get heard by a judge.
The ACLU of Kansas has provided the following documents to help inform incarcerated people of their rights and the requirements of the PLRA.