Pedrow v. Barbour et al

Filing 4

ORDER DIRECTING PRISONER AUTHORIZATION: Plaintiff is directed to submit a completed and signed Prisoner Authorization Form to this Court's Pro Se Office within thirty (30) days of the date of this Order. The Clerk of Court is directed to assign this matter to my docket. The Court certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that any appeal from this Order would not be taken in good faith, and therefore in forma pauperis status is denied for the purpose of an appeal. See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 444-45 (1962). Prisoner Authorization Form due by 7/3/2024. (Signed by Judge Laura Taylor Swain on 6/3/2024) (nb)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK JAHIEM PEDROW, Plaintiff, -againstGREENBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT, ET AL., 24-CV-4010 (LTS) ORDER DIRECTING PRISONER AUTHORIZATION Defendants. LAURA TAYLOR SWAIN, Chief United States District Judge: Plaintiff, who is currently incarcerated at Westchester County Jail, brings this action pro se. To proceed with a civil action in this court, a prisoner must either pay $405.00 in fees – a $350.00 filing fee plus a $55.00 administrative fee – or, to request authorization to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”), that is, without prepayment of fees, submit a signed IFP application and a prisoner authorization. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914, 1915. If the court grants a prisoner’s IFP application, the Prison Litigation Reform Act requires the court to collect the $350.00 filing fee in installments deducted from the prisoner’s account. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). A prisoner seeking to proceed in this court without prepayment of fees must therefore also authorize the court to withdraw these payments from his account by filing a “prisoner authorization,” which directs the facility where the prisoner is incarcerated to deduct the $350.00 filing fee 1 from the prisoner’s account in installments and to send to this court certified copies of the prisoner’s account statements for the past six months. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2), (b). 1 The $55.00 administrative fee for filing a civil action does not apply to persons granted IFP status under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Plaintiff submitted an IFP application, but did not submit a prisoner authorization. Within thirty days of the date of this order, Plaintiff must either pay the $405.00 in fees or complete and submit the attached prisoner authorization. If Plaintiff submits the prisoner authorization, it should be labeled with docket number 24-CV-4010 (LTS). 2 No summons shall issue at this time. If Plaintiff complies with this order, the case shall be processed in accordance with the procedures of the Clerk’s Office. If Plaintiff fails to comply with this order within the time allowed, the action will be dismissed. The Court certifies under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from this order would not be taken in good faith, and therefore IFP status is denied for the purpose of an appeal. Cf. Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 444–45 (1962) (holding that appellant demonstrates good faith when seeking review of a nonfrivolous issue). SO ORDERED. Dated: June 3, 2024 New York, New York /s/ Laura Taylor Swain LAURA TAYLOR SWAIN Chief United States District Judge 2 Plaintiff is cautioned that if a prisoner files a federal civil action or appeal that is dismissed as frivolous or malicious, or for failure to state a claim on which relief may be granted, the dismissal is a “strike” under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). A prisoner who receives three “strikes” cannot file federal civil actions IFP as a prisoner, unless he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury, and must pay the filing fees at the time of filing any new action. 2 U NITED S TATES D ISTRICT C OURT S OUTHERN D ISTRICT OF N EW Y ORK (full name of the plaintiff/petitioner) CV -against- ( )( (full name(s) of the defendant(s)/respondent(s)) PRISONER AUTHORIZATION By signing below, I acknowledge that: (1) because I filed this action as a prisoner, 1 I am required by statute (28 U.S.C. § 1915) to pay the full filing fees for this case, even if I am granted the right to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP), that is, without prepayment of fees; (2) the full $350 filing fee will be deducted in installments from my prison account, even if my case is dismissed or I voluntarily withdraw it. I authorize the agency holding me in custody to: (1) send a certified copy of my prison trust fund account statement for the past six months (from my current institution or any institution in which I was incarcerated during the past six months); (2) calculate the amounts specified by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b), deduct those amounts from my prison trust fund, and disburse those amounts to the Court. This authorization applies to any agency into whose custody I may be transferred and to any other district court to which my case may be transferred. Date Signature Prison Identification # Name (Last, First, MI) Address 1 City State Zip Code A “prisoner” is “any person incarcerated or detained in any facility who is accused of, convicted of, sentenced for, or adjudicated delinquent for, violations of criminal law or the terms or conditions of parole, probation, pretrial release, or diversionary program.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(h). SDNY Rev. 10/26/16 ) (Provide docket number, if available; if filing this with your complaint, you will not yet have a docket number.)

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