Miller v. French
- Case Date: 6/19/2000
- Project Name: Protecting America's Freedom: National Security and Defense
On June 19, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that should eventually end federal judicial supervision of state prisons in all but the most outrageous cases. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief arguing that the federal Prison Litigation Reform Act (PRLA) is constitutional and greatly restricts the power of federal judges to take over operation of state prisons. The Court agreed with WLF that the "automatic stay" provision of the PLRA requires courts to end their prison supervision upon the request of prison officials, unless the court makes findings within 30 days of the request that the prison is still operated in an unconstitutional manner.