|(27 May 2015)
The latest data from the federal courts show that the number of civil lawsuits filed over prison conditions has declined sharply since reaching a peak in February 2014.
According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), there were 808 such lawsuits filed in April 2015, down from 1,213 filed in February 2014.
Relative to population, the Eastern District of Arkansas was the most active in terms of prison condition lawsuits, with a filing rate in April 2015 that was more than thirteen times the national average. The Northern District of Florida was second with a rate more than eight times the national average, followed by the Western District of Arkansas with over seven times the national average.
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