Dangerfield v. Unknown
ORDER Requiring Plaintiff to Show Cause why Action Should not be Dismissed, without Prejudice, for Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Prior to Filing Suit signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 09/22/2016. Show Cause Response due by 10/25/2016.(Flores, E)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
11 LONNIE DANGERFIELD,
14 UNKNOWN, et al.,
Case No. 1:16-cv-00806-JLT (PC)
ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF
TO SHOW CAUSE WHY ACTION
SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED,
WITHOUT PREJUDICE, FOR FAILUE
TO EXHAUST ADMINISTRATIVE
REMEDIES PRIOR TO FILING SUIT
This action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 was transferred in from the United States District
19 Court for the Northern District of California on June 10, 2016.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 requires that “[n]o action shall be brought with
21 respect to prison conditions under [42 U.S.C. § 1983], or any other Federal law, by a prisoner
22 confined in any jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are
23 available are exhausted.” 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a). Prisoners are required to exhaust the available
24 administrative remedies prior to filing suit. Jones v. Bock, 549 U.S. 199, 211 (2007); McKinney v.
25 Carey, 311 F.3d 1198, 1199-1201 (9th Cir. 2002). Exhaustion is required regardless of the relief
26 sought by the prisoner and regardless of the relief offered by the process, Booth v. Churner, 532
27 U.S. 731, 741 (2001), and the exhaustion requirement applies to all suits relating to prison life,
28 Porter v. Nussle, 435 U.S. 516 (2002).
In the complaint,1 Plaintiff concedes that while there is an appeals/grievance procedure at
2 the institution, he did not present the facts in the complaint for review through that procedure.
3 (Doc. 1, Comp., p. 1.) Thus, it appears Plaintiff filed suit prematurely without first exhausting in
4 compliance with section 1997e(a). Wyatt v. Terhune, 315 F.3d 1108, 1120 (9th Cir. 2003) (“A
5 prisoner’s concession to nonexhaustion is a valid ground for dismissal. . . .”). Accordingly, the
6 Court ORDERS:
Within 30 days Plaintiff SHALL show cause in writing why this action should not
8 be dismissed, without prejudice, for failure to exhaust administrative remedies prior to filing suit.
Plaintiff is advised that his failure to respond will result in the Court dismissing the
10 action without prejudice.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 22, 2016
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
It is also noteworthy that the Complaint is blank, other than Plaintiff’s name, identifying information, “x” marks on
the boxes that inquire regarding exhaustion, and Plaintiff’s2
signature. (Doc. 6.) Plaintiff initiated this action by filing
a packet of exhibits, but without allegations in the Complaint, a purpose and intent behind the filing of the exhibits
cannot be ascertained.
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