Johnson v. Miller et al
OPINION AND ORDER granting 13 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on August 22, 2017. (rg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
Civil No. 5:17-cv-5067
OPINION AND ORDER
This is a civil rights action filed by the Plaintiff, Steven Johnson, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. '
1983. The case is currently before me on Defendant Nurse Miller’s Motion to Dismiss Pursuant
to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) (Doc. 14). Johnson has not responded to the motion.
According to the allegations of the complaint (Doc. 1), while Johnson was confined at the
Benton County Detention Center, he was denied medical care by Nurse Miller after he was
In his complaint, Johnson states that he did not present the facts of his complaint
to the county under the county’s written prisoner grievance procedure, reasoning that a written
grievance would have made no difference because the BCDC would not have taken action on the
The Defendant moves for dismissal of Johnson’s complaint because Johnson was a
prisoner at the time he filed his action and because he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies
as required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), 42 U.S.C. §1997e.
The PLRA “mandates early judicial screening of prisoner complaints and requires
prisoners to exhaust prison grievance procedures before filing suit.” Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199,
Specifically, § 1997e(a) of the PLRA provides:
“[n]o action shall be brought with
respect to prison conditions under section 1983 of this title, or any other Federal law, by a prisoner
confined in any jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are
available are exhausted.”
42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a).
Although Johnson states that he did not pursue
his administrative remedies because BCDC would not have taken action, perceived futility with
respect to administrative remedies is no excuse. Perez v. Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections, 182
F.3d 532, 536-37 (7th Cir. 1999).
Because it is undisputed that the Plaintiff failed to exhaust his administrative remedies, the
motion to dismiss filed by the Defendants should be GRANTED and this matter is dismissed
IT IS SO ORDERED this 22nd day of August, 2017.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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