Miller v. Franklin et al
ORDER directing pltf to submit, within 30 days of the entry of this Order, either the $350 filing fee or a proper and complete ifp application with the required calculation sheet (enclosed); service is not appropriate on defts at this time. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on 8/23/11. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
MELTON LEE MILLER,
J. FRANKLIN, Disciplinary Hearing Judge,
Randall L. Williams Correctional Facility,
Arkansas Department of Correction; et al.
Plaintiff, Melton Miller, an inmate at the Arkansas Department of Correction Randall
Williams Correctional Facility, filed this action pro se pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. However, his
Complaint is unaccompanied by a filing fee or a properly completed Application to Proceed Without
Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit (Application). If Plaintiff intends to pursue this matter, he must
pay the statutory filing fee of $350 or submit a properly completed Application.
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PLRA”), a prisoner who is permitted to
file a civil action in forma pauperis still must pay the full statutory filing fee of $350. 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(b)(1). The only question is whether a prisoner will pay the entire filing fee at the initiation
of the proceeding or in installments over a period of time. Ashley v. Dilworth, 147 F.3d 715, 716
(8th Cir. 1998). Even if a prisoner is without assets and unable to pay an initial filing fee, he will
be allowed to proceed with his § 1983 claims and the filing fee will be collected by the Court in
installments from the prisoner’s inmate trust account. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(4). If the prisoner’s
case is subsequently dismissed for any reason, including a determination that it is frivolous,
malicious, fails to state a claim, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune
from such relief, the full amount of the $350 filing fee will be collected and no portion of this
filing fee will be refunded to the prisoner.
The PLRA requires that Plaintiff submit a proper and complete Application to Proceed
Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit, along with a calculation sheet prepared and signed by
an authorized officer of the detention center. Plaintiff must submit, within thirty (30) days from
entry of this Order, either: (1) the statutory filing fee of $350; or (2) a proper and complete
Application, with the required calculation sheet signed by an authorized official of the
detention center at which he is confined.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that:
The Clerk is directed to mail Plaintiff an Application to Proceed Without Prepayment
of Fees and Affidavit and calculation sheet.
Plaintiff must submit, within thirty (30) days of entry of this Order, either: (1) the
$350 statutory filing fee; or (2) a proper and complete Application, with the required calculation
sheet completed and signed by an authorized prison official. Failure to do so may result in dismissal
of this action without prejudice.
Service is not appropriate on Defendants at this time.
DATED this 23rd day of August, 2011.
JOE J. VOLPE
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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