Dawson v. CoreCivic, Inc. et al
ORDER: Plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis 2 is GRANTED and he is assessed the full $350 filing fee to be paid from his inmate's trust fund account. For the reasons expressed in the Memorandum, this case is DISMISSED . Signed by Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr on 9/12/2017. (xc:Pro se party by regular mail; xc: Trust Fund Administrator,) (DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(ab) Modified on 9/12/2017 (ab).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
LEWIS Y. DAWSON, JR.,
CORECIVIC, INC., et al.,
CHIEF JUDGE CRENSHAW
Lewis Y. Dawson, Jr., an inmate of the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in
Nashville, Tennessee, filed this pro se action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against CoreCivic, Inc., and
Warden Charlie Peterson, alleging violations of the Plaintiff’s civil rights. (Doc. No. 1). The
Plaintiff also submitted an application to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. No. 2).
Under the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), a prisoner bringing a civil
action may be permitted to file suit without prepaying the filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a).
From a review of his application, the Plaintiff lacks sufficient financial resources from which to pay
the full filing fee in advance. Therefore, the application (Doc. No. 2) is hereby GRANTED.
Under § 1915(b), the Plaintiff nonetheless remains responsible for paying the full filing fee.
The obligation to pay the fee accrues at the time the case is filed, but the PLRA provides prisonerPlaintiffs the opportunity to make a “down payment” of a partial filing fee and to pay the remainder
in installments. Accordingly, the Plaintiff is hereby assessed the full $350 filing fee, to be paid as
(1) The custodian of the Plaintiff’s inmate trust fund account at the institution where he now
resides is DIRECTED to submit to the Clerk of Court, as an initial payment, “20 percent of the
greater of – (a) the average monthly deposits to the Plaintiff’s account; or (b) the average monthly
balance in the Plaintiff’s account for the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of the
complaint.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).
(2) After the initial filing fee is fully paid, the trust fund officer must withdraw from the
Plaintiff’s account and pay to the Clerk of this Court monthly payments equal to 20% of all deposits
credited to the Plaintiff’s account during the preceding month, but only when the amount in the
account exceeds $10. Such payments must continue until the entire $350 filing fee is paid in full.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).
(3) Each time the trust account officer makes a payment to this court as required by this
order, he must print a copy of the prisoner’s account statement showing all activity in the account
since the last payment made in accordance with this order and submit it to the Clerk along with the
payment. All submissions to the court must clearly identify the Plaintiff’s name and the case number
as indicated on the first page of this order, and must be mailed to: Clerk, United States District
Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 801 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203. Acceptable forms of
payment by pro se plaintiffs are cash, money order, cashier’s check or credit card payment.
The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED send a copy of this order to the administrator of inmate
trust fund accounts at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility to ensure that the custodian
of the Plaintiff’s inmate trust account complies with that portion of 28 U.S.C. § 1915 pertaining to
the payment of the filing fee. If the Plaintiff is transferred from his present place of confinement, the
custodian of his inmate trust fund account MUST ensure that a copy of this order follows the
Plaintiff to his new place of confinement for continued compliance with this order.
The Court has reviewed the complaint pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act and, for
the reasons explained more fully in the Memorandum entered contemporaneously herewith, finds
that the complaint fails to state claims against any Defendant upon which relief can be granted. 28
U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). Accordingly, this case is DISMISSED.
This is the final order in this action. Any appeal of this order would not be in good faith as
required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
WAVERLY D. CRENSHAW, JR.
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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