United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, Western Division
January 13, 2015
CORTEZ HASBERRY, Plaintiff,
DERRICK SCHOFIELD, ET AL., Defendants.
ORDER GRANTING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AND ASSESSING $350.00 FILING FEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH PLRA
JAMES D. TODD UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
On November 21, 2014, Cortez Hasberry, Tennessee Department of Correction prisoner number 456898, who is incarcerated at West Tennessee State Prison in Henning, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and a motion to proceed in forma pauperis in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee as case number 3:14-cv-2284. (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.) On January 13, 2015, the case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Western District and opened as 2:15-cv-2025. The Court for Middle District of Tennessee ordered the transferee court to address the pending motion for in forma pauperis.
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)-(b), a prisoner bringing a civil action must pay the filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). Although the obligation to pay the fee accrues at the moment the case is filed, see McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 301, 605 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013), the PLRA provides the prisoner the opportunity to make a “down payment” of a partial filing fee and pay the remainder in installments. Id. At 604. In this case, Plaintiff has properly submitted an in forma pauperis affidavit and an inmate trust account statement, as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2). The motion to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED in accordance with the terms of the PLRA.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), it is ORDERED that Plaintiff cooperate fully with prison officials in carrying out this order. It is further ORDERED that the trust fund account officer at Plaintiff’s prison shall calculate a partial initial filing fee equal to twenty percent (20%) of the greater of the average balance in or deposits to Plaintiff’s trust account for the six months immediately preceding the completion of the affidavit. When the account contains any funds, the trust account officer shall collect them and pay them directly to the Clerk of the Court. If the funds in Plaintiff’s account are insufficient to pay the full amount of the initial partial filing fee, the prison official is instructed to withdraw all of the funds in the Plaintiff’s account and forward them to the Clerk of the Court.
On each occasion that funds are subsequently credited to Plaintiff’s account the trust account officer shall immediately withdraw those funds and forward them to the Clerk of Court, until the initial filing fee is paid in full.
It is further ORDERED that after the initial partial filing fee is fully paid, the trust fund officer shall withdraw from Plaintiff’s account and pay to the Clerk of this Court monthly payments equal to twenty percent (20%) of all deposits credited to Plaintiff’s account during the preceding month, but only when the amount in the account exceeds $10, until the entire $350 filing fee is paid.
Each time the trust account officer makes a payment to the Court as required by this order, he shall print a copy of the prisoner’s account statement showing all activity in the account since the last payment under this order and submit it to the Clerk along with the payment. All payments and accounts statements shall be sent to:
Clerk, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee 167 Main St., Rm. 242, Memphis, TN 38103
and shall clearly identify Plaintiff’s name and the case number as included on the first page of this order.
If Plaintiff is transferred to a different prison or released, he is ORDERED to notify the Court immediately, in writing, of his change of address. If still confined, he shall provide the officials at the new facility with a copy of this order. If plaintiff fails to abide by these or any other requirements of this order, the Court may impose appropriate sanctions, up to and including dismissal of this action, without any additional notice or hearing by the Court.
The Clerk shall mail a copy of this order to the prison official in charge of prison trust fund accounts at the Plaintiff’s prison. The Clerk is further ORDERED to forward a copy of this order to the Warden of the West Tennessee State Prison to ensure that the custodian of Plaintiff’s inmate trust account complies with that portion of the PLRA pertaining to the payment of filing fees.
IT IS SO ORDERED.