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Jackson v. Peterson

United States District Court, S.D. Mississippi, Southern Division

June 21, 2017

COREY DEVON JACKSON PLAINTIFF
v.
TROY PETERSON, DEFENDANTS

          ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE

          LOUIS GUIROLA, JR. CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This matter is before the Court sua sponte. After consideration of the record in this case and relevant legal authority, and for the reasons discussed below, the Court finds that this civil action should be dismissed without prejudice.

         I. BACKGROUND

         Pro Se Plaintiff Corey Devon Jackson brings this conditions of confinement Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. At the time of filing this action, Jackson was incarcerated at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center in Gulfport, Mississippi.

         A. Notice of Assignment

         On February 24, 2017, the Clerk issued a Notice of Assignment [Ex. 1-1] advising Jackson that he was required to notify the Court in writing if his address changed and it also warned Jackson that his failure to advise the Court of a change of address or his failure to timely comply with any order of the Court would be deemed a purposeful delay and contumacious act that may result in the dismissal of this case. The Notice of Assignment was mailed to Jackson at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, which is the address Jackson provided in his Complaint. Compl. [1] at 1-3. On March 6, 2017, the envelope [4] containing the Notice of Assignment was returned by the postal service with the label “return to sender - refused - unable to forward.” Ret. Mail [4]. The envelope also had a handwritten notation stating “RTS not here.” Id.

         B. Order of February 27, 2017

         On February 27, 2017, the Court entered an Order [3] advising Jackson of certain provisions of the Prison Litigation Reform Act. The Order directed Jackson to file an Acknowledgment of Receipt and Certification if he wished to continue with this lawsuit, or a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal, within thirty days. The Order [3] warned Plaintiff that failure to timely comply or failure to keep the Court informed of his current address may lead to the dismissal of his Complaint. The Order was mailed to Jackson at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. On March 7, 2017, the envelope [5] containing the Order was returned by the postal service with the label “return to sender - refused - unable to forward.” Ret. Mail [5]. The envelope also had a handwritten notation stating “released 2-02-2017.” Id. Jackson did not contact the Court to provide a current address and he did not comply with the Order [3] of February 27, 2017.

         C. Show Cause Order of April 12, 2017

         On April 12, 2017, the Court entered a Show Cause Order [6] directing Jackson to show cause, on or before April 26, 2017, why this case should not be dismissed for his failure to comply with the Court's previous Order [3]. The Show Cause Order [6] warned Jackson that failure to timely comply or failure to advise the Court of a change of address would result in the dismissal of this case. The Order was mailed to Jackson at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. On April 21, 2017, the envelope [9] containing the Show Cause Order [6] was returned by the postal service with the label “return to sender - refused - unable to forward.” Ret. Mail [9].

         D. Jackson's Letter and the Court Order of April 20, 2017

         On April 19, 2017, Jackson filed an unsigned letter [7] stating that his current address is the address of the Hancock County Public Safety Complex. The envelope [7-1] containing Jackson's letter was stamped with a form notation stating that the correspondence is sent by an inmate of the Hancock County Public Safety Complex.

         On April 20, 2017, the Court entered an Order [8] directing the Clerk to mail Jackson a copy of his unsigned letter [7], a copy of the Order [3] of February 27, 2017, and a copy of the Show Cause Order [6] to Jackson at his new address. The Order [8] directed Jackson to file a response that addresses the requirements of the Court's previous Orders [3], [6], on or before May 4, 2017. See Order [8] at 1. The Order [8] also directed Jackson to sign his letter [7] and return it to the Court for filing no later than May 4, 2017. The Order [8] warned Jackson that his failure to timely file a response that fully complies with the Court's Orders will result in the dismissal of this case without further written notice. Id. at 2. The Order was mailed to Jackson at the Hancock County Public Safety Complex. Jackson did comply with this Order [8] or otherwise contact the Court.

         E. Show Cause ...


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