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Pruden v. Mayer

April 2, 2008

RONALD PRUDEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WENDY MAYER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
RONALD PRUDEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WENDY MAYER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
RONALD PRUDEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DR. KOREN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
RONALD PRUDEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MEDICAL DIRECTORS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
RONALD PRUDEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SUPERINTENDENT, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: A. Richard Caputo United States District Judge

(Judge Caputo)

ORDER

BACKGROUND

Plaintiff Ronald Pruden, an inmate confined at the Graterford State Correctional Institution ("SCI-Graterford") in Graterford, Pennsylvania, filed the above civil rights actions pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Named as Defendants in the actions are the Superintendent of SCI-Graterford, as well as and several staff members at that institution, including the Medical Director; Grievance Coordinator, Wendy Mayer; and psychiatrist, Dr. Koren. Also named is Myron Stanishefski, the Department of Corrections Health Administrator. In Pruden v. Medical Directors, et al, Civil Action No. 3:CV-08-0562, Plaintiff again names the SCI-Graterford Medical Director and Superintendent, and also names the Medical Directors at SCI-Camp Hill, Cresson, Smithfield, and Houtzdale, as well as various doctors and medical personnel employed at those facilities.

Plaintiff seeks to proceed in forma pauperis in each of these actions. For the reasons set forth below, Plaintiff's complaint will be dismissed, without prejudice, pursuant to the screening provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g).

ALLEGATIONS IN COMPLAINTS

In Civil Action No. 3:CV-08-0559, Plaintiff alleges that he has been subjected to eight years of deliberate infliction of pain and has been retaliated against in the form of beatings. Plaintiff attached copies of various grievances he filed in February and March 2008 in which he complains about the medical treatment he received. A response by Defendant Stanishefski dated February 20, 2008 states as follows: "You have been seen numerous times by numerous physicians. They have taken the time to explain the disease processes to you and discuss your medical condition. Your grievance is frivolous and denied." (3:CV-08-0559, Doc. 1 at 5.) In another response, Defendant Stanishefski states as follows: "Your medication has not changed. You do not exhibit any symptoms. You are still on Miropex. Your grievance is denied." (Id. at 6.)

In Civil Action No. 3:08-0560, Plaintiff alleges as follows: Plaintiff is physically ill and has been refused treatment. (3:CV-08-0560, Doc. 1 at 2.) When he went to sick call in January and said he needed to re-order Tylenol, the doctor tried to retaliate against him by giving him a dose of his Parkinson's disease medication that is not adequate. (Id.) Several doctors have told Plaintiff that he is a liar and hypochondriac. (Id. at 3.) He demands medical treatment adequate to relieve his illness so that it does not progress to death. (Id.)

In Civil Action No. 3:CV-08-0561, Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Koren, a psychiatrist at SCI-Graterford, is attempting to cause Plaintiff death because he has "implyed" [sic] the refusal of medical services. (3:CV-08-0561, Doc. 1 at 2.) Plaintiff states that Koren is responsible for a "medical unemployed paygroup." (Id.) While his allegations are difficult to decipher, Plaintiff states that he has been classified as legally disabled by the United States government and, as a result, he received a designation to a certain "paygroup" at previous institutions where he was incarcerated. (Id.) He also complains that he was informed that he is not mentally competent to receive the same service program as the other 13 inmates in the special needs unit where he is housed, and "they" refuse to acknowledge his "need." (Id.)

In Civil Action No. 3:CV-08-0562, Plaintiff does not make any allegations. Instead, he refers to a "document/history" that he attaches as an exhibit, requests injunctive relief, and makes a vague reference to a "Camp Hill response" to one of his grievances. (3:CV-08-0562, Doc. 1 at 2.) Attached to the Complaint is Plaintiff's handwritten history of the medical treatment that he has received at the various institutions where he has been incarcerated.

In Civil Action No:3-CV-08-0571, Plaintiff alleges that he has been assaulted for "various years at a time" and that he has attached exhibits that are "explanatory." (3:CV- 08-0571, Doc. 1 at 2.) He further complains that he was put in a program, but never put in the program because he is on restricted cell status and has been put in "double jeopardy" by being punished for fights that are long over. (Id.) Finally, he avers that he has been refused "life-threatening med. that could slow an illness." (Id.)

DISCUSSION

Under ยง 1915(g), a federal civil action by a prisoner proceeding in forma pauperis is barred if he or she: 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 ...


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