ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO USE FUNDS FROM RELEASE ACCOUNT TO PAY FILING FEE (DKT. NO. 7)
PAMELA PEPPER, District Judge.
The plaintiff, Noah Polega, is a Wisconsin state prisoner representing himself. He has filed a complaint alleging that the defendants violated his constitutional rights. Dkt. No. 1. The plaintiff also has filed a motion to use funds from his release account to pay the filing fee. Dkt. No. 7.
A release account is a restricted account maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, for use when the prisoner is released from custody upon completion of his sentence. Wis. Admin. Code §DOC 309.466. The point of a release account is to make sure that, when a prisoner is released back into the community, he has some funds to help him begin his new life. If an inmate uses up his release account on things like filing fees, he won't have that safety net.
Although the court can order disbursement from the release account for payment of the initial partial filing fee, the Prison Litigation Reform Act does not require the court to invade that account for payment of the balance of the filing fee.
The plaintiff owes the filing fee for this case. If he does not have sufficient funds to pay the fee, he may file a petition to proceed without prepayment of the filing fee. The court will mail the plaintiff a form petition along with this order.