CHAMBERS v. VAISVILAS et al

Filing 18

Entry Discussing Complaint and Directing Further Proceedings; clerk is designated, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(3), to issue and serve process on the defendants in the manner specified by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(1). Process in this case shall consist of the complaint, applicable forms and this Entry. Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 12/23/2010.(served by us mail)(VS)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA ROBERT CHAMBERS, Plaintiff, vs. ROSE VAISVILAS, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 2:10-cv-12-WTL-MJD Entry Discussing Complaint and Directing Further Proceedings Plaintiff Robert Chambers, an inmate at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF), alleges that the defendants have been deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs in violation of the Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. I. A. "A provision added to the Judicial Code by the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 requires the district judge to screen prisoner complaints at the earliest opportunity and dismiss the complaint, in whole or part, if . . . it `fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.'" Sanders v. Sheahan, 198 F.3d 626 (7th Cir. 1999) (quoting 28 U.S.C. 1915A(b)(1)). The complaint is subject to this screening process. B. The constitutional provision pertinent to Chambers' claim is the Eighth Amendment's proscription against the imposition of cruel and unusual punishment. Helling v. McKinney, 509 U.S. 25, 31 (1993) ("It is undisputed that the treatment a prisoner receives in prison and the conditions under which he is confined are subject to scrutiny under the Eighth Amendment."). Specifically, the Eighth Amendment imposes a duty on prison officials to provide medical care to inmates. Vance v. Peters, 97 F.3d 987, 991 (7th Cir. 1996), cert. denied, 520 U.S. 1230 (1997). The due process claims asserted pursuant to the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments are dismissed. Chamber's claims are sufficiently based on the protections afforded by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. There is no occasion to invoke the important but limited protections of due process and equal protection. Albright v. Oliver, 510 U.S. 266, 273 (1994) ("Where a particular Amendment provides an explicit textual source of constitutional protection against a particular sort of government behavior, that Amendment, not the more generalized notion of substantive due process, must be the guide for analyzing such a claim.") (plurality opinion of Rehnquist, C.J.) (internal quotations omitted). III. The clerk is designated, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(3), to issue and serve process on the defendants in the manner specified by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(1). Process in this case shall consist of the complaint, applicable forms and this Entry. IT IS SO ORDERED. Date: 12/23/2010 Distribution: ROBERT CHAMBERS 994105 Wabash Valley Correctional Facility P O Box 1111 Carlisle, IN 47838 Rose Vaisvilas Nursing and Contract Compliance Director Indiana Department of Correction E-334 Government Center - South 302 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 Dr. Alfred Talens Wabash Valley Correctional Facility P O Box 500 Carlisle, IN 47838 Dr. Michael Mitcheff Correctional Medical Services 3737 N. Meridian St., Suite 500 Indianapolis, IN 46208 _______________________________ Hon. William T. Lawrence, Judge United States District Court Southern District of Indiana

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