United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Jonesboro Division
March 13, 2015
NICHOLAS ADDISON, PLAINTIFF
BRETT DUNCAN, Administrator; and CRAIGHEAD COUNTY DETENTION CENTER DEFENDANTS
Plaintiff, Nicholas Addison, is confined in the Craighead County Detention Center. He has filed a pro se § 1983 Complaint alleging that Defendants violated his constitutional rights.
I. Filing Fee
The fee for filing a § 1983 action in federal court is $400. Plaintiff has not paid the filing fee or filed an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. If Plaintiff wishes to pursue this action, he must, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, either: (1) pay the $400 filing fee in full; or (2) file a properly completed Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, along with a properly completed prison calculation sheet. However, Plaintiff should be aware that, even if he is granted permission to proceed in forma pauperis, he still must pay the filing fee in full. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). The only difference is that, by being granted permission to proceed in forma pauperis, Plaintiff will be allowed to pay the filing fee in monthly installments taken from his institutional account, rather than all at once, at the time of filing his Complaint. Id. Further, if Plaintiff’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 filing fee will be collected and no portion of this filing fee will be refunded to Plaintiff.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act requires federal courts to screen prisoner complaints seeking relief against a governmental entity, officer, or employee. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or a portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims that: (a) are legally frivolous or malicious; (b) fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (c) seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b). When making this determination, a court must accept the truth of the factual allegations contained in the complaint, and it may consider the documents attached to the complaint. Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009); Reynolds v. Dormire, 636 F.3d 976, 979 (8th Cir. 2011).
Plaintiff alleges that unspecified individuals at the Craighead County Detention Center have subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment by failing to provide him with nutritionally adequate meals. Doc. 2. Plaintiff has not explained how Defendant Brett Duncan personally participated in that alleged violation of his constitutional rights. The only other named Defendant is the Craighead County Detention Center, which is not a proper party in a § 1983 action. See Owens v. Scott County Jail, 328 F.3d 1026, 1027 (8th Cir. 2003);Williams v. Pulaski County Detention Facility, Case No. 07-3851, 2008 WL 2079104 (8th Cir. May 19, 2008) (unpublished opinion)
Thus, Plaintiff must file, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, an Amended Complaint clarifying: (1) the names of the individuals who failed to provide him with nutritionally adequate meals, and how each person allegedly did so; and (2) how Duncan personally participated in the alleged violation of Plaintiff's constitutional rights.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
1. The Clerk is directed to send Plaintiff an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, along with a prison calculation sheet.
2. Plaintiff must, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, either: (a) pay the $400 filing fee in full; or (b) file a properly completed Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis, along with a properly completed prison calculation sheet.
3. Plaintiff must, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, file an Amended Complaint containing the specified information.
4. Plaintiff is reminded that the failure to timely and properly comply with any portion of this Order will result in the dismissal of this case, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2).