Corley v. Prentiss Griffith Detention Center et al (INMATE 2)
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER directing as follows: (1) that the 9 MOTION to Amend be and is hereby GRANTED; (2) that the plf's claims against the Prentiss Griffith Detention Center and the Russell County Commission be and are hereby DISMI SSED with prejudice prior to service of process under 28 U.S.C. 1915(A)(b)(1); (3) That the Prentiss Griffith Detention Center and the Russell County Commission be and are hereby DISMISSED as defendants to this cause of action. Signed by Honorable Judge Charles S. Coody on 6/30/15. (Attachments: # 1 civil appeals checklist)(djy, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
HERMAN R. CORLEY, JR.,
PRENTISS GRIFFITH DETENTION
CENTER, et al.,
) CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:15cv165-CSC
MEMORANDUM OPINION and ORDER
Plaintiff is an inmate incarcerated at the Kilby Correctional Facility in Mt. Meigs,
Alabama. While incarcerated at the Prentiss Griffith Detention Center in Phenix City, Alabama,
he filed the captioned action in the Circuit Court for Russell County, Alabama. Defendants
filed notice of removal on March 16, 2015, under 28 U.S.C. § 1441 and 28 U.S.C. § 1367.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1) and M.D. Ala. LR 73.1, the parties have consented to a
United States Magistrate Judge conducting all proceedings in this case and ordering the entry
of final judgment.
Plaintiff files this complaint alleging that rights, privileges, or immunities afforded him
under the Constitution or laws of the United States and state law were abridged due to the
conduct and actions of Defendants during his incarceration at the county detention facility.
Plaintiff names as one of the defendants the Prentiss Griffith Detention Center. Also pending
is Plaintiff’s motion to amend to name the Russell County Commission as a defendant.
Upon review of the complaint, and amendments thereto, the court concludes that
Plaintiff’s claims against the Russell County Commission and the Prentiss Griffith Detention
Center should be dismissed prior to service of process under the directives of 28 U.S.C. §
The Prentiss Griffith Detention Center
The Prentiss Griffith Detention Center is not a legal entity and, therefore, is not subject
to suit or liability under § 1983. See Dean v. Barber, 951 F.2d 1210, 1214-1215 (11th Cir.
1992) (holding that Alabama sheriffs’ departments and police departments are not legal entities
subject to suit or liability under § 1983). In light of the foregoing, the court concludes that
Plaintiff's claims against this defendant should be dismissed. Id.
The Russell County Commission
Plaintiff names the Russell County Commission as a defendant. He alleges that the
28 U.S.C. 1915(A) provides:
(a) Screening.--The court shall review, before docketing, if feasible or, in any event, as soon
as practicable after docketing, a complaint in a civil action in which a prisoner seeks redress
from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity.
(b) Grounds for dismissal.--On review, the court shall identify cognizable claims or dismiss
the complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint-(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may
be granted; or
(2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.
Commission has the duty of maintaining the county jail and has a duty to inspect and order
needed repairs. Doc. No. 9. County commissions, however, cannot be held liable for actions
undertaken during the daily operation of a county jail. Turquitt v. Jefferson County, Alabama,
137 F.3d 1285, 1289 (11th Cir. 1998). A county commission is a representative of the county,
and the county may not be held liable for constitutional violations that occurred at the county
jail because the operation of county jails is the sheriff’s responsibility and falls under state
Moreover, county commissioners are entitled to absolute immunity under § 1983 for
claims arising from the appropriation of funds for the maintenance of a county jail. Woods v.
Garner, 132 F.3d 1417, 1420 (11th Cir. 1998) (“The budgetary decisions made by defendants
for funding the county--including the jail--are legislative acts protected by legislative
immunity.”). Thus, Plaintiff’s claims against the Russell County Commission are due to be
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED as follows:
That the motion to amend (doc. # 9) be and is hereby GRANTED.
That the plaintiff's claims against the Prentiss Griffith Detention Center and the
Russell County Commission be and are hereby DISMISSED with prejudice
prior to service of process under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(A)(b)(1);
That the Prentiss Griffith Detention Center and the Russell County Commission
be and are hereby DISMISSED as defendants to this cause of action.
Done this 30th day of June, 2015.
/s/Charles S. Coody
CHARLES S. COODY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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