The Prison Litigation Reform Act strikes again: Lester Alford wrote again and again about disgusting prison conditions, and finally a court slapped him down, saying that although he had indeed written all the Step 1 and 2 and filings correctly, he missed one–appealing beyond the steps to the top prison administrators. That step is not in the PLRA. Must be in the small print in the New Jersey system? It’s a travesty that a judge would dismiss a legitimate, credible complaint that had made its way so far–and on this sort of nonsense. Shame on the judge, the entire New Jersey system.