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Flowers v. Gultry

September 17, 2007

DEMETRIUS FLOWERS PLAINTIFF
v.
T. GULTRY, TIFFANY SKAGGES, ET AL. DEFENDANTS



ORDER

Plaintiff Demetrius Flowers, a detainee in the Craighead County Detention Facility, filed this action pro se under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (docket entry #1). Upon review of the record, the Court notes that Plaintiff has neither paid the statutory $350.00 filing fee nor filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis. Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), a prisoner who is permitted to file a civil action in forma pauperis still must pay the $350.00 statutory filing fee. 28 U.S.C. §1915(b)(1). The only question is whether a prisoner will pay the entire filing fee at the initiation of the proceeding or in installments over a period of time. Ashley v. Dilworth, 147 F.3d 715, 716 (8th Cir. 1998).

The PLRA requires that Plaintiff submit a proper and complete application to proceed in forma pauperis, along with a calculation sheet, prepared and signed by an authorized officer of the correctional facility where he is being held. Based on information contained in the application and calculation sheet, the Court will assess an initial, partial filing fee if sufficient funds exist, and will direct the future collection of monthly installment payments until the filing fee is paid in full. 28 U.S.C § 1915(b)(1)- (2). If the prisoner's case is subsequently dismissed for any reason, including a determination that it is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief, the full amount of the $350.00 filing fee will be collected and no portion of this filing fee will be refunded to the prisoner.

Therefore, if Plaintiff wishes to proceed with this action, he is directed to file an application to proceed in forma pauperis, or pay the filing fee of $350.00, within thirty days of the entry date of this Order. Failure to comply with this Order may result in dismissal of this case without prejudice under Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). The Clerk of Court is directed to forward Plaintiff an in forma pauperis application, along with a copy of this Order.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 17th day of September, 2007.

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