Cunningham, Charles et al v. Manlove, Jeffrey et al
ORDER denying 7 motion for use of release account funds to pay remaining amount owed on filing fee. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peter A. Oppeneer on 11/8/2017. (nln),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
Case No. 17-cv-687-wmc
JEFFREY MANLOVE, et al.,
Plaintiff Charles Cunningham has submitted a motion for an order allowing plaintiff to
pay the remainder of the filing fees from his release account. Under the Prison Litigation
Reform Act, an inmate who files a lawsuit in federal court under the in forma pauperis statute
must pay the $350 filing fee, first by making an initial partial payment and then by sending
the remainder of the fee to the court in installments of 20% of the preceding month’s income,
in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). On September 6, 2017, this court entered an
order assessing plaintiff an initial partial payment of the filing fee for this case, which plaintiff
has paid. Plaintiff has been making monthly installment payments since then.
The language of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1) requires prison officials to use a prisoner’s
release account to satisfy an initial partial payment if no other funds are available. Carter v.
Bennett, 399 F. Supp. 2d 936, 936-37 (W.D. Wis. 2005). However, with the exception of such
initial partial payments, this court does not have the authority to tell state officials whether,
and to what extent, a prisoner should be able to withdraw money from a release account. I will
deny this motion.
IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff Charles Cunningham’s motion for an order allowing
plaintiff to pay the remainder of the filing fee in this case from his release account is DENIED.
Entered this 8th day of November, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
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