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Redwine v. Rutherford County

United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division

May 11, 2015

JASON REDWINE #218470, Plaintiff,
v.
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Defendant.

ORDER

Aleta A. Trauger United States District Judge

Plaintiff Jason Redwine, an inmate incarcerated in the Rutherford County Jail in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, filed this pro se action alleging “cruel and inhumane treatment” and described it as “a civil litigation lawsuit.” (Docket Entry No. 1, at 1.) The court construes this to be a complaint for violation of civil rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Presently before the court is the plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis. (Docket Entry No. 8.) In addition, the complaint (Docket Entry No. 1) is before the court for an initial review pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2) and 1915A, and 42 U.S.C. § 1997e.

A. Application to Proceed as a Pauper

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), a prisoner bringing a civil action may be permitted to file suit without prepaying the filing fee of $350 required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). Because it is apparent from the plaintiff’s submission that he lacks the funds to pay the entire filing fee in advance, his application to proceed as a pauper (Docket Entry No. 2) is GRANTED.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(b) and 1914(a), the plaintiff is nonetheless assessed the $350.00 civil filing fee. The administrator of the Rutherford County Jail, as custodian of the plaintiff’s prison trust account, is DIRECTED to submit to the clerk of court, as an initial payment, the greater of: (a) 20% of the average monthly deposits to the plaintiff’s credit at the jail; or (b) 20% of the average monthly balance to the plaintiff’s credit for the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Thereafter, the custodian shall submit 20% of the plaintiff’s preceding monthly income (or income credited to the plaintiff for the preceding month), but only when the plaintiff’s monthly income exceeds $10.00. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). Payments shall continue until the $350.00 filing fee has been paid in full to the clerk of court. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(3).

The clerk of court MUST send a copy of this order to the administrator of the Rutherford County Jail to ensure compliance 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 Warden must ensure that a copy of this order follows the plaintiff to his new place of confinement, for continued compliance herewith. All payments made pursuant to this order must be submitted to the clerk of court for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 801 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203.

B. Initial Review of the Complaint

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2), the court is required to conduct an initial review of any complaint filed in forma pauperis, and to dismiss the complaint if it is facially frivolous or malicious, if it fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or if it seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. For the reasons set forth in the accompanying memorandum, the court concludes that the plaintiff fails to state a claim for which relief can be granted under § 1983, and this action is DISMISSED without prejudice to the plaintiff’s right to reassert his claims in a petition for the writ of habeas corpus under federal law after exhaustion of his state court remedies. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(B) and 1915A. Any appeal of this Order would not be in good faith as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

Entry of this order constitutes the judgment in this action.

It is so ORDERED.


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