Blakes v. Miller et al
ORDER denying 2 MOTION to proceed in forma pauperis filed by Rosemary Blakes. Plaintiff's complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Should Plaintiff wish to continue this case, she must submit the statutory filing fee of $350 to the Cle rk of the Court within 30 days of the entry of this Order, along with a motion to reopen the case. Upon receipt of the motion & full payment, this case will be reopened. The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 1915(a)(3), that an in forma pauperis appeal from this Order or the Judgment entered hereunder, would not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Susan Webber Wright on 12/12/2011. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
NO: 3:11CV00265 SWW
SHERIFF DEPARTMENT et al.
Plaintiff Rosemary Blakes, an inmate currently incarcerated at the Arkansas Department of
Correction’s McPherson Unit, filed a pro se complaint (docket entry #1), pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
1983, along with an application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (docket entry #2), on
November 18, 2011.
Because Plaintiff’s complaint must be dismissed, without prejudice, pursuant to the threestrikes provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), Plaintiff’s 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). The Eighth
Circuit has explicitly upheld the constitutionality of the three-strikes provision. Higgins v.
Carpenter, 258 F.3d 797 (8th Cir. 2001).
Records in the office of the Clerk of Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas reveal that
Plaintiff has had at least three prior civil actions dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which
relief may be granted.1
The Court additionally finds, based on the allegations contained in Plaintiff’s present
complaint, that she is not in imminent danger of serious physical injury. Specifically, Plaintiff’s
claims date from 2007 and 2008, and relate to time she spent in the Crittenden County Detention
Center. Defendants are the Crittenden County Sheriff Department, and parole officer Jennifer
Miller. Such claims do not describe imminent danger of serious physical injury, particularly because
Plaintiff is now incarcerated at the Arkansas Department of Correction.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
Plaintiff’s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (docket entry #2) is
DENIED, and Plaintiff’s complaint is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Should Plaintiff wish
to continue this case, she 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 be
The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an in forma pauperis
appeal from this order or the judgment entered hereunder, would not be taken in good faith.
DATED this 12th day of December, 2011.
/s/Susan Webber Wright
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
See Blakes v. Boyd, ED/AR No. 1:00CV00007; Blakes v. Scuddarmore et al., ED/AR No.
1:00CV00168; Blakes v. McPherson Unit, ED/AR No. 1:01CV00109.
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