United States District Court, D. New Jersey
LOUIS A. RAGSDALE, Plaintiff,
CAMDEN COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, Defendant.
A. Ragsdale, Plaintiff Pro Se.
B. SIMANDLE Chief U.S. District Judge.
Louis A. Ragsdale seeks to bring a civil rights complaint
against Camden County Correctional Facility
(“CCCF”) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for
allegedly unconstitutional conditions of confinement.
Complaint, Docket Entry 1.
U.S.C. 1915(e)(2) requires a court to review complaints prior
to service in cases in which a plaintiff is proceeding in
forma pauperis. The Court must sua sponte
dismiss any claim that is frivolous, is malicious, fails to
state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks
monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such
relief. This action is subject to sua
sponte screening for dismissal under Section
1915(e)(2)(B) because Plaintiff is proceeding in forma
reasons set forth below, the Court will dismiss the Complaint
with prejudice for failure to state a claim. 28 U.S.C. §
Complaint alleges that “[d]ue to overcrowding I was
forced to sleep on the floor; sometimes next to a toilet
while other men urinated and defacated [sic]. Since
then I have had to remain on ibuprofen for constant
pain.” Complaint § III(C).
states that the alleged events giving rise to these claims
occurred: “10/28/09 - 11/11/09; 9/30/10 - 01/08/11;
12/04/12 - 02/2013.” Id. § III(B).
Complaint claims that as a result of the alleged events,
Plaintiff has chronic back pain for which he continues to use
pain medication. Id. § IV.
is seeking $25, 000 in damages. Id. § V.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
survive sua sponte screening under 28 U.S.C. §
1915(e)(2) for failure to state a claim, a complaint must
allege “sufficient factual matter” to show that
the claim is facially plausible. Fowler v. UPMS
Shadyside, 578 F.3d 203, 210 (3d Cir. 2009) (citation
omitted). “A claim has facial plausibility when the
plaintiff pleads factual content that allows the court to
draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable
for the misconduct alleged.” Fair Wind Sailing,
Inc. v. Dempster, 764 F.3d 303, 308 n.3 (3d Cir. 2014).
“[A] pleading that offers ‘labels or
conclusions' or ‘a formulaic recitation of the
elements of a cause of action will not do.'”
Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (quoting
Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555