Rodriguez v. Ferguson et al
ORDER denying 4 motion to proceed ifp filed by Rafael Rodriguez. The plaintiff has not filed the required calculation sheet signed by an authorized official of the prison. The Clerk is directed to send to plaintiff an ifp application and calculation sheet. The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order to the Independence County Detention Facility, attn: Inmate Accounts, 569 West Main Street, Batesville, AR 72501. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 12/4/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
LT. FERGUSON, et al.
Plaintiff Rodriguez is an inmate who filed a Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis in order
to commence a pro se civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 without prepayment of the $350.00
filing fees and costs (Doc. No. 4). However, his Motion will be denied because Plaintiff has not
included the necessary financial information in support.
According to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), a prisoner who is allowed to file
a civil action in forma pauperis still must pay the full amount of the $350 filing fee. See 28
U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Furthermore, before docketing the complaint or, as soon thereafter as
practicable, the Court must review the complaint to identify cognizable claims or dismiss the
complaint if it: (1) is frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief may be
granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28
U.S.C. § 1915A. If the case is dismissed for any of these reasons, there is no provision in the
Act for a refund of any portion of the filing fee to the prisoner.
Under the Act, in order for the Court to determine how the $350 filing fee will be paid, the
prisoner is required to submit a calculation sheet prepared and signed by an authorized
official of the incarcerating facility. This calculation sheet reflects the deposits and monthly
balances in the inmate’s trust account at the facility during the six-month period immediately
preceding the filing of the complaint. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2). However, the Act also
provides that in no event shall a prisoner be prohibited from bringing a civil action because
she “has no assets and no means by which to pay the initial partial filing fee.” 28 U.S.C. §
Plaintiff indicates in his Motion (Response) (Doc. No. 4) that he submitted the calculation
fee sheet to Jail officials for their processing. As of this time, however, the Court has not received
this necessary information. The Court will send a copy of this Order to the Independence
County Detention Facility, informing them of their obligation to assist Plaintiff by completing
the filing fee information necessary for his in forma pauperis submission. Accordingly,
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc.
No. 4) is DENIED without prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall submit either the $350 statutory filing fee
or a completed in forma pauperis application, with the required calculation sheet signed by an
authorized official of the prison, within fifteen (15) days of the entry date of this Order.1
The Clerk is directed to send to Plaintiff an in forma pauperis application and calculation
The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order to the Independence County Detention
Facility, attention: Inmate Accounts, 569 West Main Street, Batesville, AR 72501.
Plaintiff is hereby notified of his responsibility to comply with the Local Rules of the Court,
including Rule 5.5(c)(2), which states: “. . . If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff
is not responded to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. Any party
proceeding pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and follow the Federal Rules of Civil
IT IS SO ORDERED this 4th day of December, 2012.
JEROME T. KEARNEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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