United States laws require you to follow steps for complaining about prison conditions. The laws also require you to follow steps if you choose to take your complaints to court. All of those steps begin with a grievance.
The Actual Language of the Prison Litigation Reform Act
In 1996, Congress passed the Prison Litigation Reform Act because so many inmates filed lawsuits. The rules in the PLRA are a serious response to a serious problem. They want you to follow these rules to get a court to read your complaint.
Among the rules you need to know:
1) You must “exhaust administrative remedies.” That means following the State requirement that you
2) Generally, you cannot file a suit for money damages for a mental or emotional injury unless you also have a provable physical injury too. You can file to ask that they change the prison policy. Research!
3) You will pay court filing fees taken monthly from your accounts.
4) Three strikes: Let’s say you have already filed three suits that the court said were without merit (frivolous, malicious, no basis in law). The PLRA says you will not be able to file again without paying the full court cost up front. The only exception is “imminent danger of serious physical injury.” Research!
5) Good time: The PLRA can allow the prison to take away good time