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Clinton Vales v. California Department of Correction

April 6, 2011

CLINTON VALES,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM WITH LEAVE TO FILE AMENDED COMPLAINT RESPONSE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS

(DOC. 1)

Screening Order

I. Background

Plaintiff Clinton Vales ("Plaintiff") was formerly a prisoner in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff initiated this action by filing his complaint on August 9, 2010. Doc. 1.

The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has raised claims that are legally "frivolous or malicious," that fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(b)(1),(2). "Notwithstanding any filing fee, or any portion thereof, that may have been paid, the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that . . . the action or appeal . . . fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted." 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii).

A complaint must contain "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief . . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a)(2). Detailed factual allegations are not required, but "[t]hreadbare recitals of the elements of a cause of action, supported by mere conclusory statements, do not suffice." Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937, 1949 (2009) (citing Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007)). Plaintiff must set forth "sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim that is plausible on its face.'" Id. (quoting Twombly, 550 U.S. at 555). While factual allegations are accepted as true, legal conclusions are not. Id.

II. Summary Of Complaint

Plaintiff was previously incarcerated at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, California. Plaintiff's suit names the California Department of Corrections and all California state prisons as a Defendant.

Plaintiff alleges the following. Plaintiff does not get exercise yard or education. Plaintiff contends that he has a right to exercise for 1 hour a day, seven days a week. Plaintiff contends that he has a right to two hot meals, and that the meals not be served on dirty trays. Plaintiff contends that he has a right to education or training school. Plaintiff contends that he has a right to a law library at least three times a week. Plaintiff alleges that correctional officers have abused their powers. Plaintiff contends that he has suffered mental anguish because of their abuse.

Plaintiff requests as relief that his rights be returned.

III. Analysis

A. CDCR and Eleventh Amendment

The Eleventh Amendment bars suits against state agencies, as well as those where the state itself is named as a defendant. Lucas v. Dep't Of Corr., 66 F.3d 245, 248 (9th Cir. 1995) (per curiam); Taylor v. List, 880 F.2d 1040, 1045 (9th Cir. 1989). Here, Plaintiff names as ...


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