Banks v. Pugh et al
ORDER DISMISSING CASE pursuant to the three-strikes provision of the PLRA; and denying motion to proceed ifp 2 filed by Frederick Banks. The Court certifies that an ifp appeal would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 4/1/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
No: 2:13CV00030 KGB/HDY
MICHAEL PUGH et al.
Plaintiff Frederick Banks, a federal inmate who is currently incarcerated at the Federal
Correctional Institution in Forrest City, Arkansas, filed on February 28, 2013, a pro se complaint
(Dkt. No. 1), pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unknown Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388
(1971), along with an application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Dkt. No. 2).
Because Mr. Banks’s complaint must be dismissed, without prejudice, pursuant to the threestrikes provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), his application for leave to proceed
in forma pauperis will be denied.
Under the three-strikes provision of the PLRA, a prisoner may not bring a civil action in
forma pauperis if he has “on 3 or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any
facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds
that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless the
prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).
Mr. Banks is ineligible for in forma pauperis status because he has had more than three cases
dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
See Banks v. U.S. Marshal, 274 Fed. Appx. 631 (10th Cir. 2008). Mr. Banks’s three-strike status
has been recognized in this District as well. See Banks v. Clinton, ED/AR 4:12CV00183; Banks v.
Hanks et al., 2:12CV00221.1 The Court additionally finds, based on the allegations contained in Mr.
Banks’s present complaint, that he is not in imminent danger of serious physical injury.
Specifically, Mr. Banks complains that his cell at a prison unit in which he was formerly housed was
too cold, that his property has been taken, and that he has been denied shower shoes. Although Mr.
Banks also claims that the bathrooms have no hand soap, which resulted in him contracting a cough
for which he was not treated, Mr. Banks’s complaint indicates that he was provided with “personal
soap.” The complaint provides no names of specific individuals who work at Mr. Banks’s current
prison unit and are responsible for the alleged constitutional violations and contains no request for
injunctive relief. Mr. Banks’s claims do not describe imminent danger of serious physical injury.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
Mr. Banks’s application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Dkt. No. 2) is
DENIED, and Mr. Banks’s complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Should Mr. Banks
wish to continue this case, he must submit the statutory filing fee of $350.00 to the Clerk of the
Court, noting the above case style number, within thirty (30) days of the entry date of this Order,
along with a motion to reopen the case. Upon receipt of the motion and full payment, this case will
The Court additionally certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an in forma
pauperis appeal from this order or any judgment entered hereunder, would not be taken in good
In Banks v. Clinton, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that,
under the provisions of the PLRA, Mr. Banks could not proceed with an appeal of the dismissal of
that case until he paid the full filing fees.
DATED this 1st day of April, 2013.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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