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Prisoner Petitions Filed in U.S. District Courts, 2000, with Trends, 1980-2000

NCJ Number
189430
Date Published
December 2001
Length
9 pages
Author(s)
John Scalia
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Annotation
This report presents the number of prisoner petitions filed by Federal and State inmates in the U.S. district courts during 2000.
Abstract
The report estimates the impact of the Prison Litigation Reform Act and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act on the number of prisoner petitions. It also includes the trends in the number of prisoner petitions from 1980 through 2000. Highlights include the following: During 2000, 58,257 prisoner petitions were filed in U.S. District Courts--80 percent by State prison inmates and 20 percent by Federal inmates. The 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act appears to have resulted in a decrease in the number of civil rights petitions filed by State and Federal prison inmates. The 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act appears to have resulted in an increase in the number of habeas corpus petitions filed by State prison inmates. 7 tables

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