H.R. 4335 (111th): Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2009

Dec 16, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Robert “Bobby” Scott
Representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district
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Dec 16, 2009
7 pages
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H.R. 4109 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Nov 07, 2007


This bill was introduced on December 16, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Dec 16, 2009
Referred to Committee Dec 16, 2009
Full Title

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


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3 cosponsors (3D) (show)

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Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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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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