Carroll v. Richie
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge L Scott Coogler on 7/25/2017. (PSM)
2017 Jul-25 AM 09:57
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
GENA SCOT CARROLL,
WARDEN PATRICE R. RICHIE,
) Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-00075-LSC-JEO
Gena Scot Carroll has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging disciplinary
action taken against her. (Doc. 1). Specifically, she alleges that the respondent improperly
determined she was guilty of fighting while she was incarcerated at the Birmingham CommunityBased Work Release Facility. (Id. at 2). She further asserts that the disciplinary action is
impacting her eligibility for various programs. (Id.)
The respondent was ordered to respond to the petitioner’s claims. (Doc. 2). Warden
Patrice Richie asserts that the petition is due to be dismissed because Carroll has not exhausted
her administrative remedies, she is seeking unavailable relief, and her claim is barred because she
has not suffered a constitutional deprivation in violation of the due process clause. (Doc. 3 at 12). Despite being offered an opportunity to respond (see doc. 2 at 1), the petitioner has failed to
This action is due to be dismissed for a number of reasons. First, the petitioner has not
exhausted her state remedies. Particularly, she has failed to seek state court review of this claim.
The petitioner offers nothing to dispute the respondent’s claim that she has failed to exhaust her
state court remedies. To the contrary, the petition indicates she did not seek state review before
filing the present action. (Doc. 1 at 2-3). Second, the petitioner’s conclusory claim does not
evidence a constitutional deprivation entitling her to relief. To justify relief, the petitioner must
show that the disciplinary action about which she complains is an “atypical, significant
deprivation in which a State might conceivably create a liberty interest.” Sandin v. Conner, 515
U.S. 472, 486 (1995). This she has failed to do.
Premised on the foregoing, this action is due to be dismissed without prejudice. A
separate order of dismissal will be entered.
Done this 25th day of July 2017.
L. Scott Coogler
United States District Judge
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