Strickland v. Sumner County Jail

Full title: JASON R. STRICKLAND Plaintiff, v. SUMNER COUNTY JAIL Defendant

Court: United States District Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division

Case No. 3:11-0441.

Date published: Jun 27, 2011


The plaintiff, an inmate at the Sumner County Jail in Gallatin, Tennessee, filed a pro se action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Sumner County Jail. The plaintiff alleged that jail personnel were coercing religious beliefs upon him and other inmates, challenging the conditions of his confinement.


The main issue is whether the plaintiff’s complaint, although technically against an entity (Sumner County Jail) that is not considered a “person” under § 1983, can be construed as stating a potential claim against Sumner County for coerced religious teaching, thereby presenting a claim upon which relief can be granted under the First Amendment.


The court granted the plaintiff’s application to proceed in forma pauperis and found that the complaint, despite its technical deficiency in naming a non-person entity, stated a potential claim against Sumner County for coerced religious teaching. The court concluded that the complaint raised a potential claim upon which relief could be granted under the First Amendment. The clerk was directed to issue process, and a copy of the order was sent to the Sheriff of Sumner County to ensure compliance with the Prison Litigation Reform Act regarding the payment of the filing fee.

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