No. 04-6885.

407 F.3d 674 (2005)

Rodney Elmer ANDERSON, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. XYZ CORRECTIONAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC.; Ronald J. Angelone; D.A. Garraghty; M.C. Millard; John Doe; Doctor Swetter, Defendants-Appellees, and Andrew J. Winston; James A. Smith; K.W. Davis; Mr. Zummer; Marsha Foresman, Defendants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided: May 17, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Jeffrey Bromme, Arnold & Porter, L.L.P., Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Joel Christopher Hoppe, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellees. ON BRIEF: Elizabeth A. High, Arnold & Porter, L.L.P., Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Jerry W. Kilgore, Attorney General of Virginia, Richard L. Savage, III, Deputy Attorney General, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellees Ronald J. Angelone, D.A. Garraghty, and M.C. Millard.

Before MOTZ, TRAXLER, and SHEDD, Circuit Judges.

Reversed and remanded by published opinion. Judge TRAXLER wrote the opinion, in which Judge MOTZ and Judge SHEDD joined.


TRAXLER, Circuit Judge:

The Prison Litigation Reform Act (the "PLRA") requires that inmates exhaust all administrative remedies before filing an action challenging prison conditions under federal law. See 42 U.S.C.A. § 1997e(a) (West 2003). The question in this case is whether this requirement imposes a heightened...

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