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house Bill H.R. 4335

Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2009

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    IntroducedDecember 16th, 2009

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Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2009

Official Title

To provide for the redress of prison abuses, and for other purposes.


Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2009 - Amends the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act to: (1) eliminate the requirement of a prior showing of physical injury before a prisoner may bring a claim for mental or emotional injury suffered while in custody; and (2) provide for a 90-day stay of nonfrivolous claims relating to prison conditions to allow prison officials to consider such claims through the administrative process; and (3) exclude from the application of such Act prisoners under the age of 18. Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) exempt prisoners under the age of 18 from the restrictions imposed by the Prison Litigation Reform Act; and (2) expand the discretionary authority of judges in awarding relief in actions involving prison conditions. Amends the federal judicial code to: (1) exempt prisoners under the age of 18 from certain restrictions on in forma pauperis proceedings; (2) expand the number of in forma pauperis actions a prisoner may bring; and (3) revise requirements for assessing filing fees and costs against prisoners in such actions.

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