Winding v. Anglin et al
MEMORANDUM AND OPINION Signed by Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball on 6/5/12. (Copy mailed to Plaintiff.) (dfk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
JAMES C. WINDING
CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:11cv178-FKB
J. ANGLIN, et al.
MEMORANDUM & OPINION
James C. Winding is a state prisoner incarcerated at East Mississippi Correctional
Facility (EMCF). He brought this action pursuant to § 1983 alleging numerous
constitutional violations by prison officials. A Spears1 hearing has been held, and the
parties have consented to jurisdiction by the undersigned.
Plaintiff describes four incidents in his complaint: He states that on October 10,
2011, he was threatened with a dough cutter by an inmate after Defendant Anglin refused
to allow Plaintiff to “red tag” the inmate. A second incident occurred on October 27, 2011,
when officials allegedly allowed inmates to walk into the control tower and open cell doors,
thereby freeing inmates and causing Plaintiff to fear being assaulted by the freed
prisoners. The third incident described by Plaintiff occurred on October 28, 2011. On that
date, officers sprayed a chemical agent in a cell near Plaintiff. Fumes from the agent
caused him to suffer from an asthma attack and to panic, but, Plaintiff alleges, officials
refused to take him to the medical clinic. Finally, Plaintiff states that on November 4,
2011, Officer Luis Rivera assaulted him. The complaint also contains general complaints
about the adverse effect the facility’s lockdown status has had on him.
See Spears v. McCotter, 766 F.2d 179 (5th Cir. 1985).
In his testimony at the Spears hearing, Plaintiff admitted that he has failed to
complete the Administrative Remedies Program (ARP) process for any of the claims
asserted in this action He stated that although he has filed ARP grievances regarding
these claims, those grievances are still in “backlog” because of the number of prior
grievances filed by him which remain pending.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) requires an inmate to exhaust
administrative remedies before bringing an action with respect to prison conditions,
regardless of the relief offered through the administrative process. 42 U.S.C. § 1997(e);
Booth v. Churner, 532 U.S. 731, 734 (2001). The PLRA’s exhaustion requirement is
mandatory and “applies to all inmate suits about prison life, whether they involve general
circumstances or particular episodes.” Porter v. Nussle, 534 U.S. 516, 532 (2002).
Dismissal is appropriate where an inmate has failed to meet the exhaustion requirement.
Alexander v. Tippah Cnty., Miss., 351 F.3d 626, 630 (5th Cir. 2003).
Because Plaintiff has not yet completed the administrative process for resolving his
complaints, this action is dismissed without prejudice. A separate judgment will be
SO ORDERED this the 5th day of June, 2012.
/s/ F. Keith Ball
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?