United States District Court, S.D. Georgia, Statesboro Division
April 1, 2015
DEXTER SHAW, Plaintiff,
STATE OF GEORGIA; ROBERT TOOLE; JOHN PAUL; and MILTON SMITH, Defendants.
B. AVANT EDENFIELD, District Judge.
Presently before the Court are Plaintiff's Objections to the Magistrate Judge's January 7, 2015, Report and Recommendation. (Doc. 34.) As laid out below, in his Objections, Plaintiff essentially concedes to the dismissal of the claims that the Magistrate recommended be dismissed. However, Plaintiff requests that these claims be dismissed without prejudice. For the reasons and in the manner set forth below, the Plaintiff's Objections are SUSTAINED.
Plaintiff, who is currently incarcerated at Valdosta State Prison in Valdosta, Georgia, filed a cause of action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUJPA"), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc, et seq., to contest certain conditions of his confinement while he was housed at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia. (Doc. 1.) The Magistrate Judge conducted the requisite frivolity review of Plaintiff's Complaint and recommended Plaintiff's Complaint be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). (Doc. 5.) Plaintiff filed Objections to the Magistrate Judge's Report, a Motion to Amend, and an Amended Complaint. The Magistrate Judge granted Plaintiff's Motion to Amend, recommended the dismissal of certain claims and Defendants, and directed the service of Plaintiff's Complaint, as amended, upon Defendants Toole, Paul, and Smith. (Docs. 11, 18, 20.) Plaintiff then filed another Motion to Amend. Based on this Motion, the Magistrate Judge: vacated his previous recommendation; recommended that Plaintiff's § 1983 claims against the State of Georgia, his monetary damages claims against the individual Defendants in their official capacities, and his monetary damages claims under the RLUJPA against Defendants be dismissed; recommended that Plaintiff's motions for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction be denied; and ordered service of Plaintiff's Complaint and the amendments thereto upon Defendants Toole, Paul, Smith, and the State of Georgia. (Docs. 30, 31.)
In his Objections, Plaintiff asserts that he is not suing Defendants in their official capacities, he did not request injunctive relief, and he did not file suit against the State of Georgia. (Doc. 34, p. 1.) While the undersigned agrees with the Magistrate Judge's reading of Plaintiff's Complaint and the amendments to this Complaint, Plaintiff's claims against Defendants in their official capacities and his claims against the State of Georgia are DISMISSED, without prejudice, based on Plaintiff's contentions in his Objections. In addition, based on Plaintiff's representations in his Objections, Plaintiff's injunctive relief claims, including his motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, (doc. 3), are DISMISSED and Plaintiff's RLUIPA claims are DISMISSED in their entirety. Finally, Plaintiff's claims against the State of Georgia for alleged violations of the RLUIPA are also
DISMISSED, without prejudice, and the State of Georgia is DISMISSED as a named Defendant. Plaintiffs First and Eighth Amendment against Defendants Toole, Paul, and Smith in their individual capacities remain pending.