Woods v. State of Alabama Department of Corrections et al (INMATE1)

Filing 5

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS that plaintiff's claims against the Alabama Department of Corrections be dismissed prior to service of process in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i); that the Alabama Department of Corrections be dismissed from this cause of action; that this case, with respect to the claims lodged against the remaining defendants, be referred back to the magistrate judge for appropriate proceedings. Objections to R&R due by 3/13/2007. Signed by Judge Charles S. Coody on 2/28/2007. (cc, )

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Woods v. State of Alabama Department of Corrections et al (INMATE1) Doc. 5 Case 2:07-cv-00173-ID-CSC Document 5 Filed 02/28/2007 Page 1 of 3 IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION TONY TERRELL WOODS, #224279, Plaintiff, v. STATE OF ALABAMA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. 2:07-CV-173-ID [WO] RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE In this 42 U.S.C. 1983 action, Tony Terrell Woods ["Woods"], a state inmate, challenges the allegedly unequal application of disciplinary rules at the Frank Lee Youth Center. Upon review of the complaint, the court concludes that dismissal of the plaintiff's claims against the Alabama Department of Corrections and Richard Allen prior to service of process is appropriate under 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i).1 DISCUSSION The plaintiff names the Alabama Department of Corrections as a defendant in this cause of action. The law is well-settled that state agencies are immune from suit, Papasan A prisoner who is allowed to proceed in forma pauperis in this court will have his complaint screened in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B). This screening procedure requires the court to dismiss a prisoner's civil action prior to service of process if it determines that the complaint is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary damages from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i)-(iii). 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:07-cv-00173-ID-CSC Document 5 Filed 02/28/2007 Page 2 of 3 v. Allain, 478 U.S. 265 (1986), and are not persons within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. 1983. See Will v. Michigan Dept. of State Police, 491 U.S. 58, 65, 109 S.Ct. 2304, 2309 (1989). Thus, the plaintiff's claims against the Alabama Department of Corrections are frivolous as they are "based on an indisputably meritless legal theory." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 327 (1989).2 Such claims are therefore subject to dismissal pursuant to the directives of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i). CONCLUSION Accordingly, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that: 1. The plaintiff's claims against the Alabama Department of Corrections be dismissed prior to service of process in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2)(B)(i). 2. The Alabama Department of Corrections be dismissed from this cause of action. 3. This case, with respect to the claims lodged against the remaining defendants, be referred back to the undersigned for appropriate proceedings. It is further ORDERED that on or before March 13, 2007 the parties may file objections to the Recommendation. Any objections filed must specifically identify the findings in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation to which the party is objecting. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. The parties are advised Although Neitzke interpreted the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(d), the predecessor to 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2), the analysis contained therein remains applicable to the present statute. 2 2 Case 2:07-cv-00173-ID-CSC Document 5 Filed 02/28/2007 Page 3 of 3 that this Recommendation is not a final order of the court and, therefore, it is not appealable. Failure to file written objections to the proposed findings and advisements in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation shall bar the party from a de novo determination by the District Court of issues covered in the Recommendation and shall bar the party from attacking on appeal factual findings in the Recommendation accepted or adopted by the District Court except upon grounds of plain error or manifest injustice. Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1982). See Stein v. Reynolds Securities, Inc., 667 F.2d 33 (11th Cir. 1982). See also Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981, en banc), adopting as binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close of business on September 30, 1981. Done this 28th day of February, 2007. /s/Charles S. Coody CHARLES S. COODY CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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