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Sampson v. Warden

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


September 3, 2010

JAMES SAMPSON, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WARDEN, SUFFOLK COUNTY JAIL, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, SUFFOLK COUNTY JAIL, AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR, PECONIC BAY MEDICAL FACILITY, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Seybert, District Judge.

MEMORANDUM & ORDER

On September 9, 2009, Plaintiff James Sampson commenced this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. On October 18, 2009, the Court sua sponte dismissed Mr. Sampson's Complaint but granted him leave to replead. Mr. Sampson filed an Amended Complaint on October 28, 2009. Defendants have now moved to dismiss under FED. R. CIV. P. 12(b)(6). And Mr. Sampson filed no opposition to Defendants' motion.

For the following reasons, Defendants' motion is GRANTED.

BACKGROUND

In April 2009, Mr. Sampson was incarcerated along with his brother in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility. Around this time, Mr. Sampson was informed that his brother was hospitalized. Mr. Sampson requested information on his brother's condition, but this request was denied. In July 2009, Mr. Sampson learned that his brother's condition was terminal, and that his death was imminent. Mr. Sampson requested a death bed visit, but this request was also denied. In August 2009, Mr. Sampson's brother died, without Mr. Sampson getting a chance to see him and say goodbye. Mr. Sampson requested religious counseling, and this request was also denied.

Despite suffering psychological problems stemming from these events, Mr. Sampson never filed a grievance. According to Mr. Sampson, he declined to file a grievance because "the corrections officers dispose of the [sic] before they are filed." Mr. Sampson claims that he did speak to a "Sgt. Kenny" about the situation, but that Sgt. Kenny "advised me he would not help because he does not like me." Instead, Mr. Sampson commenced this action. Mr. Sampson has not, however, responded to Defendants' motion to dismiss, despite Defendants' repeated attempts to reach him.

DISCUSSION

42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a) provides that "No action shall be brought with respect to prison conditions under section 1983 of this title, or any other Federal law, by a prisoner confined in any jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted." Here, as the Amended Complaint acknowledges, Mr. Sampson never filed a grievance concerning the alleged conduct. Thus, Mr. Sampson failed to exhaust his administrative remedies. And, consequently, the Amended Complaint must be dismissed. See Terranova v. County of Nassau, 09-CV-3687, 2010 WL 2731852, at *4 (E.D.N.Y. July 6, 2010) (dismissing under § 1997e(a) when complaint admitted that plaintiff did not present claims under existing prison grievance procedure).

CONCLUSION

Defendants' motion is GRANTED. Mr. Sampson's Amended Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Clerk of the Court is directed to mark this matter as CLOSED.

Dated: September 3, 2010 Central Islip, New York

SO ORDERED.

Joanna Seybert, U.S.D.J.

20100903

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