ABSTRACT

H. Rept. 116-515: Justice for Juveniles Act, Report to Accompany H.R. 5053, September 18, 2020   [open pdf - 290KB]

From the Purpose and Summary: "H.R. 5053, the 'Justice for Juveniles Act,' is a bipartisan bill that would eliminate the administrative exhaustion requirement for youth before they may file a lawsuit that alleges violations concerning the conditions of their incarceration. The administrative grievance procedure, established by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), requires inmates at federal, state, and local facilities to file administrative complaints through the prison in which they are detained. Under the proposed bill, youth could initiate legal action to address prison conditions without first filing administrative complaints. This legislation is all the more necessary during the current COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, which has highlighted the need for various criminal justice reforms. Conditions within prisons have further deteriorated and hundreds of incarcerated individuals have died. Even before the pandemic, incarcerated youth faced formidable barriers to challenging the conditions of their confinement or seeking redress for physical abuse. This legislation will help address these pressing problems."

Report Number:
H. Rept. 116-515; House Report 116-515
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Date:
2020-09-18
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/
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pdf
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