United States District Court, S.D. Illinois
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
J. Rosenstengel Chief U.S. District Judge.
Henry Barrows, an inmate of the Illinois Department of
Corrections (“IDOC”) currently incarcerated at
Dixon Correctional Center, brings this civil rights action
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for deprivations of his
constitutional rights at Menard Correctional Center
(“Menard”). Plaintiff claims that Menard
officials responded to his suicide attempts with deliberate
indifference, in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights.
(Doc. 1, pp. 1-5). He seeks money damages from the
Complaint is subject to preliminary review pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 1915A, which requires the Court to screen
prisoner complaints to filter out non-meritorious claims.
See 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). Any portion of a
complaint that is legally frivolous, malicious, meritless, or
asks for money damages from a defendant who by law is immune
from such relief must be dismissed. 28 U.S.C. §
1915A(b). At this juncture, the factual allegations of the
pro se complaint are to be liberally construed.
Rodriguez v. Plymouth Ambulance Serv., 577 F.3d 816,
821 (7th Cir. 2009).
makes the following allegations in the Complaint (Doc. 1, pp.
1-5): Prison officials failed to prevent Plaintiff from
repeatedly attempting suicide at Menard. Plaintiff describes
five suicide attempts in March 2018.
March 19, 2018, Plaintiff asked an officer for a crisis team
because he felt “self-injurious.” (Id.
at p. 2). The officer told Plaintiff to kill himself.
Plaintiff responded by repeatedly cutting his left forearm
until it bled. Nurse Smith bandaged Plaintiff's wounds
but instructed officers to return Plaintiff to his cell.
Nurse Smith informed the officers that Doctor Goldman
declined to place Plaintiff on suicide watch, even after she
informed the doctor that Plaintiff would attempt suicide
thereafter, Plaintiff cut himself until he severed an artery
and suffered significant blood loss. (Id. at p. 2).
Lieutenant BeBout and Nurse Walton attempted to revive
Plaintiff by slapping him, kicking him, and stomping on his
new shoes while screaming insults at him. Plaintiff was
treated for blood loss at Chester Memorial Hospital but
returned to the same cell. (Id.).
March 21, 2018, Plaintiff asked Officer Quant to summon a
crisis team, and the officer refused. (Id. at p. 3).
Plaintiff cut himself around 1:45 p.m., and Officer Quant
waited until 2:30 p.m. to summon help. (Id.).
March 27, 2018, Officer Dubzinski encouraged Plaintiff to cut
himself, and Plaintiff did just that. (Id. at p. 3).
Nurse Norton bandaged his arm and placed him back in the same
cell. Officer Doe then blocked the surveillance camera with a
trash can and placed a mop over the blood that pooled on
Plaintiff's cell floor. (Id.).
March 28, 2018, Plaintiff attempted suicide again, after
Nurse Walton ignored his requests for crisis intervention.
Lieutenant Withoff revived Plaintiff by repeatedly slapping
him while laughing. Nurse Mall stood watching, laughing, and
encouraging Withoff. (Id.).
on the allegations in the Complaint, the Court finds it
convenient to designate a single Count in this pro
Count 1: Eighth Amendment deliberate
indifference claim against Defendants for responding to
Plaintiff's risk of suicide and suicide attempts with
deliberate indifference in March 2018.
other claim that is mentioned in the Complaint but not
addressed herein is considereddismissed
without prejudice ...