The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge
Plaintiff Ian Sharpe, an inmate in USP-Marion, brings this action for alleged violations of his constitutional rights by persons acting under the color of federal authority. See Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents, 403 U.S. 388 (1971). This case is now before the Court for a preliminary review of the complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A, which provides:
(a) Screening.-- The court shall review, before docketing, if feasible or, in any event, as soon as practicable after docketing, a complaint in a civil action in which a prisoner seeks redress from a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity.
(b) Grounds for Dismissal.-- On review, the court shall identify cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint, or any portion of the complaint, if the complaint--
(1) is frivolous, malicious, or fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted; or
(2) seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief.
28 U.S.C. § 1915A. An action or claim is frivolous if "it lacks an arguable basis either in law or in fact." Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989). An action fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted if it does not plead "enough facts to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face." Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007). Upon careful review of the complaint and any supporting exhibits, the Court finds it appropriate to exercise its authority under § 1915A; this action is subject to summary dismissal.
Sharpe states that in March 2010, he voluntarily took housing in the Special Housing Unit ("SHU"). He states that extremely cold air blows from the vents in his cell, so he covered the vents. Orders were later issued that the vents must remain uncovered, and inmates who did not comply would not be allowed to shower. Sharpe complained to unnamed officers about the cold air, stating that it exacerbates his arthritis and his asthma, but he was directed to keep the vents uncovered.
Inmates in custody of the Bureau of Prisons can raise grievances regarding the conditions of their confinement pursuant to administrative procedures set forth in 28 C.F.R. § 542.10, et seq. An inmate must first "informally present [his] complaints to staff" for resolution. 28 C.F.R. § 542.13(a).
If the inmate is dissatisfied with the response he receives, he must file a BP-9 seeking administrative review with the warden. See 28 C.F.R. §§ 542.14(a). If the inmate is dissatisfied with the warden's resolution of his grievance, he has twenty days to file a BP-10 with the Bureau of Prisons' regional director. See 28 C.F.R. §§ 542.15(a). If the inmate is dissatisfied with the regional director's disposition, his fourth and final appeal must be made to the Bureau of Prisons' general counsel by filing a BP-11 within thirty days. See id.
Federal statute also provides time-lines for responses ...