Kirkpatrick v. Brown

Filing 5

ORDER OF DISMISSAL.. Signed by Judge Vaughn R Walker on 9/22/2008. (Attachments: # 1 proof of service)(cgk, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/22/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 William Kirkpatrick, Jr, a state prisoner at San Quentin State Prison ("SQSP"), has filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging the conditions of his confinement at SQSP. Among other things, he alleges that "as of late I've been denied access to my family, medical care, and all the rights and privileges I am constitutionally allowed." Doc #1 at 1-2. Kirkpatrick's challenge to the conditions of his confinement at SQSP is DISMISSED without prejudice to filing a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983. Although the Supreme Court has not addressed whether a challenge to a condition of confinement may be brought under habeas, see Bell v Wolfish, 441 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WILLIAM KIRKPATRICK, JR, Petitioner, vs EDMUND G BROWN, Respondent(s). ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No C 08-3676 VRW (PR) ORDER OF DISMISSAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 US 520, 526 n6 (1979), the Ninth Circuit has held that habeas jurisdiction is absent, and a 1983 action proper, where, as here, a successful challenge to a prison condition will not necessarily shorten the prisoner's sentence. See Ramirez v Galaza, 334 F3d 850, 859 (9th Cir 2003); see also Badea v Cox, 931 F2d 573, 574 (9th Cir 1991) (civil rights action is proper method of challenging conditions of confinement); Crawford v Bell, 599 F2d 890, 891-92 & n1 (9th Cir 1979) (affirming dismissal of habeas petition on basis that challenges to terms and conditions of confinement must be brought in civil rights complaint). Kirkpatrick is advised that he must exhaust California's prison administrative remedies before filing a civil rights complaint under 1983. See 42 USC 1997e(a). His unexhausted claims cannot proceed otherwise. See id. The clerk is instructed to send Kirkpatrick a blank civil rights form complaint, enter judgment in accordance with this order, terminate all pending motions as moot, and close the file. SO ORDERED. VAUGHN R WALKER United States District Chief Judge G:\PRO-SE\VRW\HC.08\Kirkpatrick, W2.or1.wpd 2

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