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Hahn v. Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center

United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, Roanoke Division

February 10, 2014

ARIN CHRISTOPHER HAHN, Plaintiff,
v.
NORTHWESTERN REGIONAL ADULT DETENCTION CENTER, et. al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Jackson L. Kiser Senior United States District Judge

Arin Christopher Harm, a Virginia inmate proceeding pro se, filed a Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 naming the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center ("Jail") and Correctional Officer Michaels as defendants. This matter is before me for screening, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A. After reviewing Plaintiffs submissions, I dismiss any claims against the Jail without prejudice.

The court must dismiss claims alleged against the Jail because the Jail is not amenable to suit via § 1983. See West v. Atkins. 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988) (recognizing a § 1983 claim must allege the violation of a federal right by a person acting under color of state law); Preval v. Reno. 57 F.Supp.2d 307, 310 (E.D. Va. 1999) ("[T]he Piedmont Regional Jail is not a "person, " and therefore not amenable to suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983."), affd in part and rev'd in part, 203 F.3d 821 (4th Cir. 2000), reported in full-text format at 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 465, at *3, 2000 WL 20591, at *1 ("The court also properly determined that the Piedmont Regional Jail is not a 'person' and is therefore not amenable to suit under § 1983 [.]"). Accordingly, I dismiss the claims against the Jail without prejudice. Plaintiffs excessive force claim against Correctional Officer Michaels remains pending before the court.


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