United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division
December 9, 2014
STACIE COLLINS ADC #712348, Plaintiff
BETH DEERE, Magistrate Judge.
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Stacie Collins, an Arkansas Department of Correction inmate housed at the McPherson Unit, filed this lawsuit pro se under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (Docket entry #1) Ms. Collins alleges that, while she was housed at the Tucker Unit, she refused to comply with an order given by Drill Instructor Mayes and that Defendant Mayes verbally threatened her after her refusal. Ms. Collins explains that she disobeyed the order because she was dressed only in her nightgown and that complying would have placed her in a position that would have exposed her body to Defendant Mayes as well as other inmates.
Federal courts must screen prisoner complaints that seek relief against a governmental entity, officer, or employee. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Claims that are legally frivolous or malicious; that fail to state a for relief; or that seek money from a defendant who is immune from paying damages are to be dismissed before the defendants are served. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. Here, Ms. Collins's claims should be DISMISSED, without prejudice, for failure to state a federal claim for relief.
First, verbal harassment and name calling does not rise to a constitutional level. Lomholt v. Holder, 287 F.3d 683, 684 (8th Cir. 2002). Thus, allegations relating to Defendant Mayes's threatening comments are not sufficient to state a federal claim.
Furthermore, Ms. Collins does not indicate that she was harmed in any compensable way by the encounter with Defendant Mayes. In her prayer for relief, Ms. Collins asks that she either be re-instated to the boot camp program or that her release date restored to the date projected if she had completed the boot camp program. From the face of the complaint, however, it appears that Ms. Collins had already left the boot camp program, whether voluntarily or not, prior to the incident with Defendant Mayes. According to her complaint, Ms. Collins had "signed out of the Tucker Unit Book Camp Program" and was waiting for "McPherson [correctional officers] to [come] back and pick [her] up" at the time of the incident with Defendant Mayes. (#1 at p.4) There is no indication that Ms. Collins was discharged from the program as punishment for refusing Defendant Mayes's order.
The Court recommends that Ms. Collins's claims be DISMISSED, without prejudice, this 9th day of December, 2014.