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NOT FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Civil Action No. 13-3922 (JAP)
Monmouth County Correctional Institution
1 Waterwork Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
PISANO, District Judge
Plaintiff pro se
Plaintiff Damond Brown, a prisoner confined at Monmouth County Correctional
Institution in Freehold, New Jersey, seeks to bring this civil action asserting claims pursuant to
42 U.S.C. ' 1983.
Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 54.3, the Clerk shall not be required to enter any suit, file
any paper, issue any process, or render any other service for which a fee is prescribed, unless the
fee is paid in advance. Under certain circumstances, however, this Court may permit an indigent
plaintiff to proceed in forma pauperis.
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The entire fee to be paid in advance of filing a civil complaint is $400. That fee includes
a filing fee of $350 plus an administrative fee of $50, for a total of $400. A prisoner who is
granted in forma pauperis status will, instead, be assessed a filing fee of $350 and will not be
responsible for the $50 administrative fee. A prisoner who is denied in forma pauperis status
must pay the full $400, including the $350 filing fee and the $50 administrative fee, before the
complaint will be filed.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Pub. L. No. 104-135, 110 Stat. 1321 (April
26, 1996) (the [email protected]
), which amends 28 U.S.C. ' 1915, establishes certain financial
requirements for prisoners who are attempting to bring a civil action in forma pauperis. Under
the PLRA, a prisoner seeking to bring a civil action in forma pauperis must submit an affidavit,
including a statement of all assets and liabilities, which states that the prisoner is unable to pay
the fee. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(a)(1). The prisoner also must submit a certified copy of his inmate
trust fund account statement(s) for the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of his
complaint. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(a)(2). The prisoner must obtain this certified statement from the
appropriate official of each correctional facility at which he was or is confined during such six-
month period. Id.
If the prisoner is granted in forma pauperis status, the prisoner must pay the full amount
of the $350 filing fee, in installments, as follows. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(b)(1). In each month that
the amount in the prisoner=s account exceeds $10.00, until the $350.00 filing fee is paid, the
agency having custody of the prisoner shall assess, deduct from the prisoner=s account, and
forward to the Clerk of the Court an installment payment equal to 20 % of the preceding month=s
income credited to the prisoner=s account. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(b)(2).
Plaintiff may not have known when he submitted his complaint that he must pay the
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filing fee, and that even if the full filing fee, or any part of it, has been paid, the Court must
dismiss the case if it finds that the action: (1) is frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim
upon which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is
immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(e)(2)(B) (in forma pauperis actions). See also 28
U.S.C. ' 1915A (dismissal of actions in which prisoner seeks redress from a governmental
defendant); 42 U.S.C. ' 1997e (dismissal of prisoner actions brought with respect to prison
conditions). If the Court dismisses the case for any of these reasons, the PLRA does not suspend
installment payments of the filing fee or permit the prisoner to get back the filing fee, or any part
of it, that has already been paid.
If the prisoner has, on three or more prior occasions while incarcerated, brought in federal
court an action or appeal that was dismissed on the grounds that it was frivolous or malicious, or
that it failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, he cannot bring another action in
forma pauperis unless he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(g).
In this action, Plaintiff failed either to prepay the filing fee or to submit a complete in
forma pauperis application as required by 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(a)(1), (2), including a certified
institutional account statement. See, e.g., Tyson v. Youth Ventures, L.L.C., 42 Fed.Appx. 221
(10th Cir. 2002); Johnson v. United States, 79 Fed.Cl. 769 (2007). Accordingly, this action will
be administratively terminated for failure to satisfy the filing fee requirements. Plaintiff will be
granted leave to apply to re-open this matter.
The allegations of the Complaint do not suggest that Plaintiff is in imminent danger of
serious physical injury.
In addition, the Court notes that the Complaint appears to be incomplete and is unsigned.
Any application to re-open this matter must be accompanied by a complete, signed copy of the
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For the reasons set forth above, the Clerk of the Court will be ordered to administratively
terminate this action, without filing the complaint or assessing a filing fee. Plaintiff will be
granted leave to apply to re-open within 30 days.1
An appropriate Order will be entered.
/s/ Joel A. Pisano
JOEL A. PISANO
United States District Judge
Dated: July 11, 2013
1 Such an administrative termination is not a [email protected]
for purposes of the statute of limitations,
and if the case is reopened pursuant to the terms of the accompanying Order, it is not subject to
the statute of limitations time bar if it was originally filed timely. See Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S.
266 (1988) (prisoner mailbox rule); Dasilva v. Sheriff’s Dept., 43 Fed.Appx. 498, 502 (3d Cir.
2011) (“[T]he statute of limitations is met when a complaint is submitted to the clerk before the
statute runs out ….”).