Bolden, Deon v. Cross
ORDER on ifp request: Initial partial filing fee of $ 142.20 assessed. Initial partial filing fee due 1/12/2012. Signed by Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker on 12/29/2011. (jef),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
WARDEN MICHAEL THURMER, CAPT. OLSON,
CAPT. GEMPELER, CAPT. HOLM, LT. SCHULTZ
SGT. LYNN, SGT. BLAKE, OFFICER CROSS,
DON STRAHOTA, DR. CALLISTER, TODD R.,
GRISDALE, ANA, PH.D.,
WARDEN “NEW” WILLIAM POLLARD,
GARY H. HAMBLIN, LARRY L. JENKINS,
DR. GARBELMAN PH.D., DR. DEBORAH FISCHER,
PH.D., DR. GARY ANKARLO, PH.D., DR. LESLEY
BAIRD, PSY.D., T. BAUER, CAPT. MEIL,
MR. WIERRENGO, BHU, SGT. BAUMOER,
DR. LARSON RN and
TAMERA GRISGSBY, Wis. State Representative,
Plaintiff Deon Bolden, a prisoner at the W aupun Correctional Facility in W aupun
W isconsin, has submitted a proposed complaint. He requests leave to proceed in forma pauperis.
A decision on the request will be delayed until plaintiff makes an initial partial payment of the
$350 filing fee as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b) and the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act.
In determining whether a prisoner litigant qualifies for indigent status this court applies the
formula set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). According to this formula, a prisoner requesting
leave to proceed in forma pauperis must prepay 20% of the greater of the average monthly balance
or the average monthly deposits made to his prison account in the six-month period immediately
preceding the filing of the complaint.
In this case, 20% of the average monthly deposits in his account is $15.79, but 20% of
the average monthly balance is $142.20. Because the greater of the two amounts is 20% of the
average monthly balance, or $142.20, that is the amount plaintiff will be assessed as an initial
partial payment of the filing fee. If plaintiff does not have the money to make the initial partial
payment in his regular account, he will have to arrange with prison authorities to pay some or all
of the assessment from his release account. This does not mean that plaintiff is free to ask prison
authorities to pay all of his filing fee from his release account. The only amount plaintiff must
pay at this time is the $142.20 initial partial payment. Before prison officials take any portion
of that amount from plaintiff’s release account, they may first take from plaintiff’s regular account
whatever amount up to the full amount plaintiff owes. Plaintiff should show a copy of this order
to prison officials to insure that they are aware they should send plaintiff’s initial partial payment
to this court.
IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff Deon Bolden is assessed $142.20 as an initial partial
payment of the $350 fee for filing this case. He is to submit a check or money order made
payable to the clerk of court in the amount of $142.20 on or before January 12, 2012. If, by
January 12, 2012, plaintiff fails to make the initial partial payment or show cause for his failure
to do so, he will be held to have withdrawn this action voluntarily. In that event, the clerk of
court is directed to close this file without prejudice to plaintiff's filing his case at a later date.
Entered this 29 th day of December, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
STEPHEN L. CROCKER
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