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Jackson v. Ouachita Correctional Center

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Monroe Division

April 15, 2019

DEMOND LEONZA JACKSON
v.
OUACHITA CORRECTIONAL CENTER

         SECTION P

          JUDGE TERRY A. DOUGHTY

          REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

          KAREN L. HAYES UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Plaintiff Demond Leonza Jackson, a prisoner at Ouachita Correctional Center (“OCC”) proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed the instant proceeding on January 1');">1');">1');">16, 201');">1');">1');">19, under 4');">4');">4');">42 U.S.C. § 1');">1');">1');">1983. He names OCC as Defendant.[1');">1');">1');">1" name="FN1');">1');">1');">1" id= "FN1');">1');">1');">1">1');">1');">1');">1] For reasons that follow, Plaintiff's claims should be dismissed.

         Background

         Plaintiff, a convicted prisoner who also faces pending charges, alleges that he was first incarcerated, under protective custody, at OCC on November 27, 201');">1');">1');">18. [doc. #s 4');">4');">4');">4, p. 4');">4');">4');">4; 1');">1');">1');">15');">1');">1');">1');">15, 1');">1');">1');">1');">p. 1');">1');">1');">1]. He cannot live in general population because members of his victim's family are incarcerated at OCC and pose a threat to him. [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">15');">1');">1');">1');">15, 1');">1');">1');">1');">p. 1');">1');">1');">1].

         Plaintiff claims that OCC does not have a law library and that, consequently, OCC is depriving him of his right to study law pertaining to his “case.” [doc. # 4');">4');">4');">4, pp. 4');">4');">4');">4, 7]. He adds that OCC charges $5.00 for a book of stamps. Id.

         Plaintiff claims that his initial cell, Cell 1');">1');">1');">11');">1');">1');">13, was “very nasty, ” that he was not allowed to clean it, that he was not provided cleaning supplies, and that the cell contained gnats that bit him. Id. at 4');">4');">4');">4-6. In an amended pleading, Plaintiff claims that he moved to Cells 1');">1');">1');">172 and 1');">1');">1');">161');">1');">1');">1 around January 1');">1');">1');">11');">1');">1');">1, 201');">1');">1');">18. [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">10-1');">1');">1');">1, 1');">1');">1');">1');">p. 1');">1');">1');">1]. There, the showers are “molded very bad[, ]” and the “facility never brings cleaning supplies.” [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">10, p. 3]. Spiders and other insects enter his cell through a hole in the wall, which forces him to “fill the hole with tissue paper to stop” them from entering. [doc. # 4');">4');">4');">4, p. 6]. Plaintiff has “been sleeping on the same dirty bed linen for three weeks[, ]” and there is dust “all over the floor and window.” Id. He is only allowed to shower “every two days.” Id. at 7. The facility only provides one “hotel-size soap, ” and “after that very small bar is gone it's over with.” [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">10-1');">1');">1');">1, p. 1');">1');">1');">1]. He also claims that “offenders only receive one roll of tissue paper every Sunday, ” and that “if offenders don't have funds . . . to purchase [more] from the commissary, ” they must “go in debt for $4');">4');">4');">4.30 for a care pack.” Id. at 1');">1');">1');">1.

         Plaintiff claims that he does not receive at least one hour each day out of his cell. [doc. # 4');">4');">4');">4, p. 7]. He writes, “When they came for the yard it was 4');">4');">4');">41');">1');">1');">1 degrees outside, don't have the proper clothes [sic] . . . .” Id.

         Plaintiff claims that the food he receives is cold. Id. The food sits inside food carts for thirty minutes to one hour before others serve it. [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">10-1');">1');">1');">1, p. 2]. He also claims that he is only allowed to use a telephone “every two days.” Id. at 1');">1');">1');">1.

         Plaintiff claims that OCC will not allow him to practice his religion because he is “on protection of custody.” [doc. # 4');">4');">4');">4, p. 4');">4');">4');">4]. He suggests that Chaplain Ross has not answered his request for a Bible and that other officers informed him that “they don't have Bibles.” Id. at 6. In his initial pleading, he alleges that he has “not seen or heard church call yet.” Id. In his first amended pleading, he claims that he is “not able to go to ‘church' call outs . . . .” [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">10-1');">1');">1');">1, 1');">1');">1');">1');">p. 1');">1');">1');">1].

         Plaintiff is concerned that OCC “mixes” protected custody prisoners with “disciplinary.” [doc. # 4');">4');">4');">4, p. 6]. Plaintiff claims that his “situation” has caused “stress, fear, loneliness, and uncertainty.” [doc. # 1');">1');">1');">10-1');">1');">1');">1, 1');">1');">1');">1');">p. 1');">1');">1');">1]. He initially sought $350, 000.00 and a transfer to either Richwood Correctional Center or Claiborne Detention Center. [doc. # 4');">4');">4');">4-1');">1');">1');">1, p. 4');">4');">4');">4]. In his amended pleadings, he seeks $200, 000.00 and a transfer. [doc. #s 1');">1');">1');">10, p. 4');">4');">4');">4; 1');">1');">1');">15');">1');">1');">1');">15, 1');">1');">1');">1');">p. 1');">1');">1');">1].

         Law and Analysis

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