CARNEY v. EDNA MAHAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER Dismissing with Prejudice the following Defendants: STATE OF NEW JERSEY, EDNA MAHAN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY and NJDOC. USMS to serve the summons.. Signed by Judge Peter G. Sheridan on 8/4/2017. (Blank Pro Bono Counsel Application mailed to Plaintiff.) (km)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Civil Action No. 17-3743 (PGS) (TJB)
EDNA MAHAN CORRECTIONAL
FACILITY, et al.,
Plaintiff is proceeding, informapauperis, with a civil rights complaint filed pursuant to 42
§ 1983. At this time, the Court must review the complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
1915(e)(2)(B) to determine whether it should be dismissed as frivolous or malicious, for failure to
state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or because it seeks monetary relief from a
defendant who is immune from suit. It appearing:
1. The Court dismisses all claims against Defendants the State of New Jersey and New Jersey
Department of Corrections (“NJDOC”).
The Eleventh Amendment to the United States
Constitution provides that, “[tjhe Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to
extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by
citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.” U.S. Const. amend. XI.
As such, the Eleventh Amendment protects states and their agencies and departments from suit in
federal court regardless of the type of relief sought. Pennhurst State Sch. and Hosp. v. Halderman,
465 U.S. 89, 100 (1984); see P.R. Aqueduct & Sewer Auth. v. Metcalf & Eddy, Inc., 506 U.S. 139,
146 (1993) (holding that the Ex parte Young exception to Eleventh Amendment immunity is
inapplicable to “the States or their agencies, which retain their immunity against all suits in federal
court”). Section 1983 does not override a state’s Eleventh Amendment immunity. Quern v.
Jordan, 440 U.S. 332, 338 (1979). Courts have repeatedly held that NJDOC is a state agency
entitled to immunity. See, e.g., Chavarriaga v. N.J Dep ‘t of Corr., 806 F.3d 210, 224 n.9 (3d Cir.
2015) (“[TIhe Court correctly dismissed the NJDOC from this case on Eleventh Amendment
grounds.”); Bell v. Holmes, No. 13-6955, 2015 WL 851804, at *3 (D.N.J. Feb. 23, 2015); Homan
v. NJ Dep’tofCorr.,No. 13-1466, 2014 WL4273304, at *3 (D.N.J. Aug. 28, 2014); Wimbushv.
Jenkins, No. 13-4654, 2014 WL 1607354, at *4 (D.N.J. Apr. 22, 2014); Love v. Dep’t of Corr.,
No. 13-1050, 2014 WE 46776, at *2 (D.N.J. Jan. 6, 2014). As such, all claims against the State of
New Jersey and NJDOC are dismissed with prejudice.
2. The Court also dismisses all claims against Defendant Edna Mahan Correctional Facility
§ 1983 permits suits for alleged constitutional deprivations committed or caused by a
person acting under color of state law. 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983; Am. Mfrs. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Sullivan, 526
U.S. 40, 50-1 (1999); Morrow v. Balaski, 719 F.3d 160, 166-67 (3d Cir. 2013). A prison is not a
“person” for the purposes of § 1983. Edwards v. Northampton Cly., 663 F. App’x 132, 136 (3d
Cir. 2016). Accordingly, all claims against EMCF are dismissed with prejudice.
3. The balance of the Complaint, namely Plaintiffs claims against the lone remaining
Defendant Latika Holland, are permitted to proceed.
IT IS therefore on this
ORDERED that all claims against Defendants Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, NJDOC,
and the State of New Jersey are hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDiCE, and these defendants
are hereby DISMISSED from the case; it is further
ORDERED that, pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(d), the Clerk shall issue summons and the
United States Marshal shall serve summons, the Complaint and this Order upon the remaining
Defendant, with all costs of service advanced by the United States i; it is further
ORDERED that, pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
§ 1997e(g)(2), the remaining Defendant shall file
and serve an answer, see Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(l)(A); it is further
ORDERED that, pursuantto 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(1) and § 4(a) of Appendix H of the Local
Civil Rules, the Clerk shall notif Plaintiff of the opportunity to apply in writing to the assigned
judge for the appointment of pro bono counsel; it is further
ORDERED that, if at any time prior to the filing of a notice of appearance by the remaining
Defendant, Plaintiff seeks the appointment of pro bono counsel or other relief, pursuant to Fed. R.
Civ. P. 5(a) and (d), Plaintiff shall (1) serve a copy of the application by regular mail upon each
party at his last known address and (2) file a Certificate of Service; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk shall serve a copy of this Order upon Plaintiff by regular mail.
Peter G. Sheridan, U.S.D.J.
Alternatively, the U.S. Marshal may notify defendants that an action has been commenced and
request that the defendants waive personal service of a summons in accordance with Fed. R. Civ.
After an attorney files a notice of appearance on behalf of a defendant, the attorney will
automatically be electronically served all documents that are filed in the case.
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