(PC) Overton v. California Health Care Facility

Filing 12

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes on 10/12/2020 ORDERING plaintiff shall submit, within 30 days, an affidavit to proceed ifp or the required fees in the amount of $400.00; and DENYING plaintiff's 11 motion for immediate release. The Clerk shall send plaintiff an ifp application. (Yin, K)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 MICHAEL L. OVERTON, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 15 v. No. 2:20-cv-0854 DB P ORDER CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE FACILITY, Defendant. 16 17 18 Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 19 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff alleges large sums of money are owed to him. In this order the court will 20 address plaintiff’s motion for immediate release (ECF No. 11) and his failure to submit a motion 21 to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the filing fee. For the reasons set forth below the court will 22 grant plaintiff one final opportunity to submit an in forma pauperis application or pay the filing 23 fee and deny his motion for immediate release. 24 25 I. In Forma Pauperis In order to proceed with a civil action, plaintiff is required to either pay the filing fee or be 26 granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914(a), 1915(a); see also 27 Rodriguez v. Cook, 169 F.3d 1176, 1177 (9th Cir. 1999). Plaintiff has not paid the filing fee or 28 sought leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this action. By order dated May 5, 2020, plaintiff 1 1 was ordered to either submit a completed in forma pauperis application or pay the filing fee. 2 (ECF No. 8.) Plaintiff was given thirty days to comply with the court’s order and was advised 3 that failure to comply with the order would result in a recommendation that this action be 4 dismissed. Those thirty days have passed, and plaintiff has not moved to proceed in forma 5 pauperis or paid the filing fee. Rather he has submitted two additional unrelated filings.1 (ECF 6 Nos. 10, 11.) In light of plaintiff’s pro se status, the court will grant plaintiff one final opportunity to 7 8 pay the filing fee or submit a properly completed in forma pauperis application. Plaintiff is 9 warned that failure to comply with the court’s order will result in a recommendation that this 10 action be dismissed. 11 II. Motion for Immediate Release 12 Plaintiff argues that he should be released immediately. He claims that he is being 13 “officially held kidnapped by the staff and counselor assigned to E-1-F – E.O.P. Enhanced-Out- 14 Patient treatment.” (ECF No. 11 at 2.) Thereafter, he alleges that he was awarded a Pulitzer 15 award for his research in the field of psychiatry. He also alleges that it is “virtually impossible to 16 program” without a television or compact disc player. “Federal law opens two main avenues to relief on complaints related to imprisonment: a 17 18 petition for writ of habeas corpus, 28 U.S.C. § 2254, and a complaint under . . . 42 U.S.C. § 19 1983.” Muhammad v. Close, 540 U.S. 749, 750 (2004) (per curiam). “Challenges to the validity 20 of any confinement or to particulars affecting its duration are the province of habeas corpus; 21 request for relief turning on the circumstances of confinement may be presented in a § 1983 22 action.” Id. (internal citation omitted). Plaintiff’s claim in this action relates to funds being 23 stolen or lost. Thus, his claims fall under the conditions of his confinement and relief is 24 appropriate under § 1983. Bryant v. Solano County Superior Court, No. CIVS05-2378 MCE 25 CMK P, 2006 WL 828765 at *2 (E.D. Cal. March 29, 2006). 26 //// 27 1 28 In these filings, plaintiff has moved for release (ECF No. 11) and requested large sums of money plaintiff appears to believe are owed to him. (ECF No. 10). 2 1 To the extent he seeks release from custody, his sole federal remedy is by way of a writ of 2 habeas corpus. Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 574, 489 (1973) (“Release from custody is not an 3 available remedy under the Civil Rights Act”); Young v. Kenny, 907 F.2d 874, 875 (9th Cir. 4 1989) (“Where prisoner challenges the fact or duration of his confinement, his sole federal 5 remedy is a writ of habeas corpus.”). “The appropriate remedy for [claims concerning the terms 6 and conditions of a prisoner’s incarceration], if proven, would be a judicially mandated change in 7 conditions and/or an award of damages, but not release from confinement.” Crawford v. Bell, 8 599 F.2d 890, 891-92 (9th Cir. 1979). Because plaintiff’s underlying claim relates to the conditions of confinement, release from 9 10 custody is not an available remedy. Accordingly, the court will deny plaintiff’s motion for 11 immediate release. 12 III. Conclusion 13 For the reasons set forth above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 14 1. Plaintiff shall submit, within thirty days from the date of this order, an affidavit in 15 support of his request to proceed in forma pauperis on the form provided by the Clerk of Court, or 16 the required fees in the amount of $400.00; plaintiff’s failure to comply with this order will result 17 in a recommendation that this action be dismissed; 18 19 20 21 2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send plaintiff a new Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis By a Prisoner. 3. Plaintiff’s motion for immediate release (ECF No. 11) is denied. Dated: October 12, 2020 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DB:12 DB:1/Orders/Prisoner/Civil.Rights/over0854.ifp.rel 3

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