Nelson v. Jansen et al
ORDER denying 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis without prejudice. The Clerk of Court is directed to send Mr. Nelson a copy of this Order and an IFP application form. Mr. Nelson is directed to complete the IFP Form or pay the $ 400 filing fee within thirty days of this Order. In addition, Mr. Nelson has thirty days to file an amended complaint. The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the Warden/Director of the Randolph County Jail. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 11/1/2013. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
GEORGE ALAN NELSON
CASE NO. 3:13CV00232 DPM/BD
DAVID JANSEN, et al.
Plaintiff George Alan Nelson, an inmate in the Randolph County Jail (“RC Jail”),
filed a pro se complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.1 Mr. Nelson has filed an application to
proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”) (docket entry #1), but the application does not include
a calculation sheet signed by an RC Jail official. Calculation sheets are a necessary part
of the IFP application. Because Mr. Nelson’s application in incomplete, his motion to
proceed IFP (#1) is DENIED, without prejudice.
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, even if Mr. Nelson is allowed to proceed
IFP, he will have to pay a $350.00 filing fee. 28 U.S.C. §1915(b)(1). The only question
is the amount of monthly payments each must make.
The Clerk of Court is directed to send Mr. Nelson a copy of this order and an IFP
Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) requires parties who are not represented by counsel: to
promptly notify the Clerk and other parties in the case of any change in address; to
monitor the progress of the case and prosecute or defend the case diligently; to sign all
pleadings and include a current address, zip code, and telephone number; and to be
familiar with and follow both Local Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Any
plaintiff not represented by counsel must respond to communications from the Court
within thirty (30) days, or the case can be dismissed based on the failure to respond.
application form. If Mr. Nelson wishes to pursue this lawsuit, he must return a completed
IFP application, including an accompanying affidavit and jail account information sheet
signed by an RC Jail official, or pay a $400.00 filing fee within thirty (30) days of the
date of this order.2 Otherwise, the lawsuit will be dismissed.
Mr. Nelson has indicated on his IFP application that RC Jail officials refused to
sign the required calculation sheet. If he continues to have problems getting RC Jail
officials to complete the calculation sheet, he should notify the Court. If necessary, the
Court will schedule a hearing to resolve this preliminary matter.
In addition, Mr. Nelson’s complaint is incomplete. Although he names five
individuals as Defendants, Mr. Nelson does not specifically explain how each of those
Defendants violated his constitutional rights and caused him to suffer injury.
Accordingly, Mr. Nelson must amend his complaint to specifically state his constitutional
claim against each named Defendant. Mr. Nelson has thirty days to file his amended
The Clerk of the Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the
Warden/Director of the Randolph County Jail, 1510 Pace Road, Pocahontas, Arkansas
Effective May 1, 2013, the cost of filing a civil lawsuit in federal court was
increased from $350.00 to $400.00. However, if an individual is granted in forma
pauperis status, the additional $50.00 is waived, and the filing fee remains $350.00.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 1st day of November, 2013.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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