Glenn v. Johnson State Prison et al
ORDER for Plaintiff to pay an initial filing fee of $44.87 within 30 days from the date of this Order. Plaintiff's custodian/designee shall set aside 20% of all deposits to Plaintiff's trust fund account and forward those funds to the Clerk when it exceeds $10.00 until the filing fee has been paid in full. Plaintiff must file an amended complaint within 14 days in accordance with the instructions in this Order if he wishes to pursue this case. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps on 12/01/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Complaint By Prisoners) (jlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
JOHNSON STATE PRISON; MRS. K.
WILLIAMS, Chief Counselor; MRS.
WICKER HUMPHRIES, Counselor; SHAWN )
EMMONS, Warden; MRS. PRICE, Deputy
Warden; MRS. BAKER, Counselor;
JEFFREY WIGGINS, Sergeant; MR.
O’NEAL, Unit Manager; GOVERNOR
NATHAN DEAL; HOMER BRYSON,
Commissioner GDC; MR. JEFFERSON,
Deputy Warden of Security; MRS. PERRY, )
Mental Health Counselor; JOHN DOE,
Johnson State Prison’s Medical Provider;
JSP MEDICAL DIRECTOR; MRS.
ANDREWS-BODI, NA/PA; BRIAN DOE,
Nurse; JSP PSYCHIATRIC PROVIDER; and )
JOHN DOE, JSP Psychiatric Provider’s
Plaintiff has furnished a certified copy of his trust fund account statement and has
consented to the collection in installments of the $350.00 filing fee and any Court costs from
his prison trust account.
Based on the information furnished by Plaintiff, the Court
ORDERS Plaintiff to pay an initial filing fee of $44.87 within thirty days from the date of
If Plaintiff does not have sufficient funds in his account to pay the initial partial filing
fee of $44.87, Plaintiff’s custodian (or his designee) shall forward all available funds and
carry the balance forward each month until the initial partial filing fee is paid in full.
Plaintiff shall not be permitted to withdraw funds from his prison account until this initial fee
has been paid.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that after the initial partial filing fee has been paid,
Plaintiff’s custodian or his designee shall set aside twenty percent (20%) of all deposits to
Plaintiff’s trust fund account and forward those funds to the Clerk each time the set aside
amount exceeds $10.00 until the $350.00 filing fee has been paid in full.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all payments shall be designated as made in
payment of the filing fee for Civil Action No. 317-059. In the event Plaintiff is transferred to
another institution, Plaintiff’s present custodian shall forward a copy of this Order and all
financial information concerning payment of the filing fee and costs in this case to Plaintiff’s
new custodian. The balance due from Plaintiff shall be collected by the custodian at his next
institution in accordance with the terms of this Order.
The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to serve this Order on Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s
The Clerk is DIRECTED to inform the Court immediately of any payment received
from Plaintiff of the initial filing fee.
The Court will also take this opportunity to address the manner in which Plaintiff
submitted his allegations in this case.
Plaintiff commenced this case by submitting a
handwritten complaint describing events that allegedly occurred at Johnson State Prison from
January of 2016 through May 2016. However, he did not utilize the standard complaint form
used by incarcerated litigants in the Southern District of Georgia, and as such, he has not
provided the information that the Southern District requires. Therefore, if Plaintiff wishes to
proceed with this case, he must re-submit his complaint on the standard complaint form used
by incarcerated litigants in the Southern District of Georgia, and include all matters he
wishes the Court to consider in that one document.2 Plaintiff must use the standard form
provided along with this Order, with no more than six handwritten pages attached. See
Goodison v. Washington Mut. Bank, 232 F. App’x 922, 923 (11th Cir. 2007) (affirming the
dismissal of a case where the plaintiff failed to heed the pleading instructions from the court
regarding re-drafting the complaint); see also London v. Georgia Dep’t of Corr., CV 502107, doc. no. 10 (M.D. Ga. May 10, 2002) (directing that amended complaint shall not
exceed six handwritten pages).
If Plaintiff wishes to pursue this case, he MUST file an amended complaint within
fourteen days in accordance with the instructions in this Order. The amended complaint
must be printed legibly so that the Court may discern Plaintiff’s claims, and it will supersede
and replace in its entirety the previous pleading filed by Plaintiff. Krinsk v. SunTrust Banks,
Inc., 654 F.3d 1194, 1202 (11th Cir. 2011); Lowery v. Ala. Power Co., 483 F.3d 1184, 1219
The Court DIRECTS the CLERK to attach this standard form complaint used by
incarcerated litigants, stamped with this case number, to Plaintiff’s service copy of this Order.
(11th Cir. 2007) (“an amended complaint supersedes the initial complaint and becomes the
operative pleading in the case”). It must contain a caption that clearly identifies, by name,
each individual that Plaintiff is suing in the present lawsuit. Furthermore, the body of
Plaintiff’s amended complaint must contain sequentially numbered paragraphs containing
only one act of misconduct per paragraph.
The numbered paragraphs in his amended
complaint should include information such as: (i) the alleged act of misconduct; (ii) the date
on which such misconduct occurred; (iii) the names of each and every individual who
participated in such misconduct; and (iv) where appropriate, the location where the alleged
While Plaintiff may attach exhibits to his amended complaint, he shall not incorporate
them by reference as a means of providing the factual basis for his complaint. For example,
Plaintiff should not simply state, “See attached documents.”
Plaintiff must name the
individuals whom he seeks to include as Defendants herein in both the caption and the body
of his amended complaint; he may not rely on the fact that individuals are named in the
exhibits attached to his amended complaint as a means of including such persons as
defendants to this lawsuit. The Court will not independently examine exhibits that Plaintiff
does not specifically reference (by the exhibit’s page number) in his amended complaint.
Plaintiff is further cautioned that no portion of any prior pleading shall be
incorporated into his amended complaint by reference. Moreover, Plaintiff shall submit only
one amended complaint in accordance with the terms of this Order. Therefore, within
fourteen days of the undersigned date, Plaintiff shall state in the single amended complaint
filed in accordance with the terms of this Order all claims that he wishes the Court to
consider as a basis for awarding the relief sought. Once Plaintiff has complied with the
conditions of this Order, the Court will review the amended complaint to determine which, if
any, claims are viable and which, if any, Defendant should be served with a copy of the
amended complaint. If no response is timely received from Plaintiff, the Court will presume
that he desires to have this case voluntarily dismissed and will recommend dismissal of this
action, without prejudice. Plaintiff is cautioned that while this action is pending, he shall
immediately inform this Court of any change of address. Failure to do so will result in
dismissal of this case.
SO ORDERED this 1st day of December, 2017, at Augusta, Georgia.
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