Case No. 8:11-CV-666-T-30TBM.
April 5, 2011
Anderson, an inmate of the Florida penal system proceeding pro se, initiated this action by filing a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (Dkt. 1), and a motion to proceed in this action in forma pauperis (Dkt. 2). Plaintiff asserts that defendants are providing him with psychiatric medicine which he asserts is not necessary and may do him harm. As relief, he requests "discharge to T.C.U.," this Court "investigate" a petition for writ of certiorari that he filed in the Supreme Court, and "no psy. meds given." (Dkt. 1 at p. 12).
On April 26, 1996, the President signed into law the Prison Litigation Reform Act (hereinafter PLRA) which amended 28 U.S.C. § 1915 by adding the following subsection:
(g) In no event shall a prisoner bring a civil action or appeal a judgment in a civil action or proceeding under this section if the prisoner has, on 3 or more prior occasions, while incarcerated or detained in any facility, brought an action or appeal in a court of the United States that was dismissed on the grounds that it is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, unless the prisoner is under imminent danger of serious physical injury.
Section 1915(g) requires this Court to consider prisoner actions dismissed before, as well as after, the enactment of the PLRA. Rivera v. Allin, 144 F.3d 719, 730 (11th Cir.) (upholding this Court's "three strikes" dismissal of one of Plaintiff's previous actions), cert. dismissed, 524 U.S. 978 (1998). Section 1915(g) specifically applies to both civil actions and appeals. The court judicially notices some of Andersen's prior actions that were dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted: (1) 8:10-cv-1290-T-23EAJ (complaint dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted); (2) 8:10-cv-1511-T-26TGW (complaint dismissed as frivolous); (3) 8:10-cv-1513-T-26EAJ (complaint dismissed for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted); (4) 8:10-cv-1691-T-26AEP (complaint dismissed as frivolous).
Anderson has not alleged that he is under imminent danger of serious physical injury. Thus, he is not entitled to proceed in forma pauperis because he has had at least three prior civil actions dismissed as frivolous, malicious, or for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Andersen may initiate a new civil rights action by filing a new civil rights complaint and paying the full $350.00 filing fee.
Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that:
See Dupree v. Palmer, 284 F.3d 1234, 1236 (11th Cir. 2002) ("[T]he proper procedure is for the district court to dismiss the complaint without prejudice when it denies the prisoner leave to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to the three strikes provision of § 1915(g).").
2. The clerk shall terminate all pending motions and close this case.
DONE and ORDERED in Tampa, Florida.