Helping Inmates Plead their Case

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Inmates filing civil rights-violation lawsuits need paperwork that is clearer, more comprehensive and more relevant, argue the authors of a forthcoming study that aims to make inmate litigation more fair.

In 2015, inmates filed nearly 27,000 civil rights actions in federal court using a complaint form based on a model first developed in the 1970s—a document that can be confusing to people not familiar with the law and can diminish their chances of winning a lawsuit—write . . .

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