Plaintiff - Appellant,
CROWLEY COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; DOMINION; CORRECTIONAL SERVICES CORPORATION;CROWLEY CORRECTIONAL SERVICES; MARK E. MCKINNA; EDWARD G. RODENBECK; JACK J. SEXTON; RANDY TATE; RONALD MCCALL; JOHN R. THOMPSON; CATHIE HOLST; DONALD MORTON; JOHN W. SUTHERS; KEN SALAZAR,
Defendants - Appellees.
(D.C. No. 02-Z-1168)
Mr. Tomoson brought this civil rights action against a private Colorado correctional facility, alleging his transfer from a Washington state prison was illegal and in violation of his constitutional rights of liberty, equal protection, and due process. He sought ten million dollars in damages. The district court determined his claims were frivolous and dismissed the complaint. The court also denied Mr. Tomoson's motion for reconsideration. When a district court dismisses an action as frivolous under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i), we review only for an abuse of discretion. See Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33-34 (1992).
The district court carefully explained, both in its order of dismissal and again in its denial of reconsideration, the reasons why Mr. Tomoson's action is frivolous. Rec., docs. 7, 10. The court cited and explained specific statutory authority in both the states of Washington and Colorado that permits the transfer of inmates from one state to the other. Id., doc. 7 at 3; cf. doc. 10 at 2-3. The court also cited federal case law regarding the frivolousness of a constitutional claim based on transfer to a private prison. Id., doc. 7 at 3; cf. doc. 10 at 2-3 (citing Olim v. Wakinekona, 461 U.S. 238, 248 (1983); Montez v. McKinna, 208 F.3d 862, 865-66 (10th Cir. 2000)).
To be granted in forma pauperis status, Mr. Tomoson must demonstrate the existence of a reasoned, nonfrivolous argument on the law and the facts in support of reversing the district court's dismissal of his action. See DeBardeleben v. Quinlan, 937 F.2d 502, 505 (10th Cir. 1991). Pursuant to Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972), we have construed Mr. Tomoson's complaint liberally, but we agree with the district court that the claims are frivolous.
Accordingly, we DENY in forma pauperis status, DISMISS this appeal, and ORDER immediate payment of the unpaid balance Mr. Tomoson owes to this court.
ENTERED FOR THE COURT
Stephanie K. Seymour
*.After examining appellant's brief and the appellate record, this panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not materially assist the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)(2) and 10th Cir. R. 34.1(G). The case is therefore submitted without oral argument.