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Page v. Steele

United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division

April 28, 2015

TOMMY LEE PAGE, Plaintiff,
JEWEL STEELE et al., Defendants.


KEVIN H. SHARP, Chief District Judge.

Plaintiff Tommy Lee Page is a state prisoner incarcerated at the Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility ("DSNF") in Nashville, Tennessee. Presently before the Court are the plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 2) and motion to appoint counsel (ECF No. 3). In addition, his complaint is before the Court for an initial review pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA").

A. Application to Proceed as a Pauper

Because it appears from his submission that the plaintiff lacks sufficient financial resources from which to pay the full filing fee in advance, the application (ECF No. 2) is GRANTED.

However, under § 1915(b), the plaintiff nonetheless remains responsible for paying the full filing fee. The obligation to pay the fee accrues at the time the case is filed, but the PLRA provides prisoner-plaintiffs the opportunity to make a "down payment" of a partial filing fee and to pay the remainder in installments. Accordingly, the plaintiff is hereby ASSESSED the full $350 filing fee, to be paid as follows:

(1) The custodian of the plaintiff's inmate trust-fund account at the institution where he now resides is DIRECTED to submit to the Clerk of Court, as an initial payment, "20 percent of the greater of - (a) the average monthly deposits to the plaintiff's account; or (b) the average monthly balance in the plaintiff's account for the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).

(2) After the initial filing fee is fully paid, the trust-fund officer must withdraw from the plaintiff's account and pay to the Clerk monthly payments equal to 20% of all deposits credited to the plaintiff's account during the preceding month, but only when the amount in the account exceeds $10. Such payments must continue until the entire $350 filing fee is paid in full. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).

(3) Each time the trust account officer makes a payment to this Court as required by this order, he must print a copy of the prisoner's account statement showing all activity in the account since the last payment made in accordance with this order and submit it to the Clerk along with the payment. All submissions to the Court must clearly identify the plaintiff's name and the case number as indicated on the first page of this order, and must be mailed to: Clerk, United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 801 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203.

The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED send a copy of this order to the Warden of DSNF to ensure that the custodian of the plaintiff's inmate trust account complies with that portion of 28 U.S.C. § 1915 pertaining to the payment of the filing fee. If the plaintiff is transferred from his present place of confinement, the custodian of his inmate trust-fund account MUST ensure that a copy of this order follows the plaintiff to his new place of confinement for continued compliance with this order.

B. Dismissal of the Complaint

As explained in the accompanying Memorandum Opinion, the Court finds for purposes of the initial review required by the PLRA that the complaint fails to state a claim for which relief may be granted. The complaint is therefore DISMISSED.

The motion for appointment of counsel (ECF No. 3) is DENIED AS MOOT.

It is so ORDERED.

This is the final order in this action for purposes of Fed.R.Civ.P. 58.

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