Jackson v. Devalkenaere et al
ORDER signed by Judge J.P. Stadtmueller on 4/13/2018 GRANTING 9 Plaintiff's Motion to Use Release Account Funds to Pay Initial Partial Filing Fee. The Wisconsin DOC to RELEASE $1.43 from Plaintiff's release account for payment of his initial partial filing fee in this matter. (cc: all counsel, via mail to Jamey Jackson and Warden at Waupun Correctional Institution) (jm)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Case No. 18-CV-446-JPS
DENNIS DEVALKENAERE, CARLOS
RUTHERFORD, KEVIN KLEMSTINE,
JAMES HUTCHINSON, SCOTT
SCHMITZ, ERIK GULBRANDSON,
and PATRICK PAJOT,
Plaintiff, a prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a complaint under 42
U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that his civil rights were violated. (Docket #1). He
also filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. (Docket #6). On
April 5, 2018, the Court ordered Plaintiff to pay an initial partial filing fee
(“IPFF”) of $1.43 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). (Docket #8).
Plaintiff then filed a motion on April 9, 2018, asking that the Court
tap into his release account to satisfy the IPFF. (Docket #9). On Plaintiff’s
representation that his trust account has insufficient funds to cover the
IPFF, the Court will order that a disbursement be made from his release
account for that purpose. After the Court receives payment of the IPFF, it
will screen Plaintiff’s complaint and order that the balance of the fee be
collected from his trust account as provided in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b).1
The Court advises Plaintiff that it can only order that the IPFF be paid
from his release account; it cannot order payment of the entire filing fee from that
account. See Doty v. Doyle, 182 F. Supp. 2d 750, 751 (E.D. Wis. 2002) (noting that
“both the Wisconsin Prison Litigation Reform Act. . .and the federal Prison
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion to use his release account
to pay the initial partial filing fee in this matter (Docket #9) be and the
same is hereby GRANTED;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Secretary of the Wisconsin
Department of Corrections or his designee shall release $1.43 from
Plaintiff’s release account for payment of the initial partial filing fee in this
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order be sent to the
officer in charge of the agency where Plaintiff is confined.
Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this 13th day of April, 2018.
BY THE COURT:
U.S. District Judge
Litigation Reform Act [(“PLRA”)]. . .authorize the courts to order that ... a
prisoner’s release account be made available [to pay an IPFF]”); Wilson v.
Anderson, No. 14-CV-0798, 2014 WL 3671878, at *3 (E.D. Wis. July 23, 2014)
(declining to order that a prisoner’s full filing fee be paid from his release
account, “[g]iven the [DOC’s] rationale for segregating funds into a release
account” and the absence of any statutory authority compelling the court to do
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