Johnson v. Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections et al
ORDER DIRECTING APPLICANT TO CURE DEFICIENCIES by Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher on 3/1/16. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 16-cv-00487-GPG
(The above civil action number must appear on all future papers
sent to the court in this action. Failure to include this number
may result in a delay in the consideration of your claims.)
SHANE EDWARD JOHNSON,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,
WARDEN OF LIMON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
ORDER DIRECTING APPLICANT TO CURE DEFICIENCIES
Applicant, Shane Edward Johnson, who is a state prisoner, has filed an
Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. (ECF No. 1).
Mr. Johnson claims that he was deprived of due process in connection with an
administrative segregation hearing, that his placement in administrative segregation for
approximately four years violated due process, and that he was not allowed to accrue
earn and good time credits while in administrative segregation. He further asserts a
denial of his equal protection rights. Mr. Johnson claims that he is entitled to12 days of
earned credits and 15 days of good time credits for the 52 months that “he was illegally
confined to Ag Seg.” (ECF No. 1 at 27). He also requests monetary damages under 42
U.S.C. § 1983.
To the extent Mr. Johnson is challenging his conditions of confinement in
administrative segregation and seeks monetary relief, his due process and equal
protection claims must be asserted in a Prisoner Complaint as civil rights claims,
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. See Standifer v. Ledezma, 653 F.3d 1276, 1280 (10th
Cir. 2011). However, to the extent Mr. Johnson challenges the duration of his
confinement, he may assert his constitutional claims in an Application for Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. See Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475,
484 (1973) (“The essence of habeas corpus is an attack by a person in custody upon
the legality of that custody, and . . . the traditional function of the writ is to secure
release from illegal custody.”); see also Palma-Salazar v. Davis, 677 F.3d 1031, 1035
(10th Cir. 2012) (discussing distinction between habeas corpus claims pursuant to
§ 2241 and conditions of confinement claims raised in civil rights actions). If Mr.
Johnson intends to pursue both civil rights claims and habeas corpus claims, he will be
required to pursue those claims in separate actions.
As part of the Court’s review pursuant to D.C.COLO.LCivR 8.1(b), the Court has
determined that the submitted documents are deficient as described in this Order. Mr.
Johnson will be directed to cure the following if he wishes to pursue his claims. Any
papers that Mr. Johnson files in response to this Order must include the civil action
number noted above in the caption of this Order.
28 U.S.C. § 1915 Motion and Affidavit:
is not submitted
is missing affidavit
is missing certified copy of prisoner's trust fund statement for the 6-month
period immediately preceding this filing (if filing a civil rights complaint)
is missing certificate showing current balance in prison account (if filing a
habeas corpus application)
is missing required financial information
is missing an original signature by the prisoner
is not on proper form
names in caption do not match names in caption of complaint, petition or
An original and a copy have not been received by the court.
Only an original has been received.
other: Mr. Johnson may pay the $5.00 filing fee applicable to habeas
actions or the $400.00 fee applicable to civil rights actions instead of filing
a §1915 motion and affidavit.
Complaint, Petition or Application:
is not submitted
is not on proper form (must use the court’s current form)
is missing an original signature by the prisoner
is missing page nos.
uses et al. instead of listing all parties in caption
An original and a copy have not been received by the court. Only an
original has been received.
Sufficient copies to serve each defendant/respondent have not been
received by the court.
names in caption do not match names in text
other: If Mr. Johnson intends to proceed under 28 U.S.C. § 2241, he must
file an Amended § 2241, on the court-approved form, that does not include
civil rights claims or seek monetary relief. If he intends to pursue
conditions-of-confinement claims, he must file a Prisoner Complaint.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Mr. Johnson cure the deficiencies designated above within
thirty days from the date of this Order. Any papers that Mr. Johnson files in
response to this Order must include the civil action number on this Order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that if Mr. Johnson intends to proceed in this action under
28 U.S.C. § 2241, he must submit, within thirty days from the date of this Order, an
Amended Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 that
does not include claims challenging the conditions of his confinement, and does not
request monetary relief. If Mr. Johnson intends to also pursue conditions-ofconfinement claims, he must file a Prisoner Complaint, in a separate proceeding.
Alternatively, Mr. Johnson may choose to only pursue a conditions-of-confinement claim
in the present action by filing a Prisoner Complaint within thirty days from the date of
this Order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that if Mr. Johnson intends to pursue claims under 28
U.S.C. § 2241 in this action, he shall pay the $5.00 filing fee or submit a Prisoner’s
Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, within thirty
days from the date of this Order. Alternatively, if Mr. Johnson intends to pursue only
conditions-of-confinement claims in this action, he shall pay the $400.00 filing fee or
submit a properly supported Prisoner’s Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Proceed
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that Mr. Johnson shall obtain the Court-approved forms
used in filing whatever type of action he is trying to initiate (with the assistance of his
case manager or the facility’s legal assistant), along with the applicable instructions, at
www.cod.uscourts.gov. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that, if Mr. Johnson fails to cure the designated
deficiencies within thirty days from the date of this Order, the action will be
dismissed without further notice.
DATED: March 1, 2016, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s:/ Gordon P. Gallagher
United States Magistrate Judge
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