JOHNSON v. KNIGHT
ENTRY - 7 Motion to Dismiss is granted. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. See entry for details. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 11/29/2017. (Copy mailed to Petitioner) (MEJ)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
DARNELL L. JOHNSON,
Entry Granting Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss
and Directing Entry of Final Judgment
In this habeas action, Petitioner Darnell Johnson (“Johnson”) challenges a prison
disciplinary conviction, case No. CIC 17-04-0200. Johnson was found guilty on April 27, 2017,
and sanctions of a written reprimand, the loss of 60 days of earned credit time, and a 30 day loss
of phone and commissary privileges were imposed.
The Respondent seeks the dismissal of this action on the grounds that Johnson failed to
exhaust his administrative appeals process. In Indiana, only the issues raised in a timely appeal to
the Facility Head and then to the Indiana Department of Correction Appeals Review Officer or
Final Reviewing Authority may be raised in a subsequent petition for writ of habeas corpus. See
28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1)(A); Eads v. Hanks, 280 F.3d 728, 729 (7th Cir. 2002); Moffat v. Broyles,
288 F.3d 978, 981 (7th Cir. 2002). The Respondent argues that Johnson failed to timely complete
the administrative appeals process at the Final Review level, and because the time to complete
the administrative appeals process has passed, no relief can be given under federal habeas corpus
Procedural default caused by failure to exhaust administrative review can be overcome if
the petitioner shows cause and prejudice or shows that failure to consider the claims will result in
a fundamental miscarriage of justice. Coleman v. Thompson, 501 U.S. 722, 750 (1991); Moffat,
288 F.3d at 982. Johnson has not responded to the motion to dismiss nor has he otherwise shown
adequate cause or a fundamental miscarriage of justice.
Because the undisputed record reflects that Johnson failed to timely exhaust his available
administrative remedies before filing this action, the Respondent’s unopposed motion to dismiss,
dkt. , must be granted.
Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Electronically registered counsel
DARNELL L. JOHNSON, 219986
CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIAL FACILITY
5124 West Reformatory Road
PENDLETON, IN 46064
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