FOFONAH v. SHOPAN
OPINION. Signed by Judge Jerome B. Simandle on 6/26/2017. (tf, n.m.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
HONORABLE JEROME B. SIMANDLE
No. 17-3863 (JBS)
Abdulai Fofanah, Petitioner pro se
1210 Croes Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
This matter comes before the Court on Abdulai Fofanah’s
petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
2241. Petition, Docket Entry 1. For the reasons set forth below,
the petition is dismissed with prejudice.
Petitioner is presently incarcerated in FCI Fort Dix
New Jersey. Petition ¶ 5.
According to the petition, Mr. Shopan entered the
detention area and ordered everyone to leave. Id. ¶¶ 7-8.
“Thereupon, respondent entered the Cell, placed a Jacket over
the single Window in the Cell’s Door, and then closed the Door,
and executed a secret search.” Id. ¶ 9. Mr. Shopan exited the
cell two hours later and told Petitioner he had found a
“hazardous tool” in the cell, an iPhone. Id. ¶¶ 10-13.
Petitioner was then “forcibly seized” by prison
officials and subjected to unspecified “Base punishment.” Id. ¶
Petitioner thereafter filed a § 2241 petition alleging
violations of his First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Id. ¶ 17; Fofanah v. Shopan, et al., No. 17-0789, 2017 WL 626775
(D.N.J. Feb. 14, 2017).1 The Honorable Robert B. Kugler,
U.S.D.J., dismissed the petition without prejudice on February
14, 2017 as Petitioner had not alleged he lost good time credits
or specified how the hearing violated his Due Process rights.
See id. at *2. Petitioner was instructed he could amend his
petition to include the necessary facts. Id.
Petitioner thereafter filed this petition asking the
Court to determine that Fort Dix is located at 5756 Heartford
Street, Trenton New Jersey 08640 and to serve his habeas
petition on Respondent at that address. Petition ¶ 23; Prayer
for Relief ¶ 1.
Petitioner brings this petition as a pro se litigant.
The Court has an obligation to liberally construe pro se
“[A] court may take judicial notice of a prior judicial
opinion.” McTernan v. City of York, 577 F.3d 521, 525 (3d Cir.
pleadings and to hold them to less stringent standards than more
formal pleadings drafted by lawyers. Erickson v. Pardus, 551
U.S. 89, 94 (2007); Higgs v. Attorney Gen. of the U.S., 655 F.3d
333, 339 (3d Cir. 2011), as amended (Sept. 19, 2011) (citing
Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 106 (1976)).
Nevertheless, a federal district court must dismiss a
habeas corpus petition if it appears from the face of the
petition that the petitioner is not entitled to relief. 28
U.S.C. § 2254 Rule 4 (made applicable through Rule 1(b)); see
also McFarland v. Scott, 512 U.S. 849, 856 (1994); Siers v.
Ryan, 773 F.2d 37, 45 (3d Cir. 1985), cert. denied, 490 U.S.
Petitioner’s current request is not the proper subject
of a § 2241 petition and appears to be based on a
misunderstanding of the basis for the dismissal of his previous
The petition was not dismissed due to an issue with
Petitioner’s address or because he stated Fort Dix was located
in Burlington County, New Jersey. See Petition ¶¶ 17-20. The
petition was dismissed because Petitioner did not provide the
court with enough information about what happened during the
hearing and whether he lost any good time credits because of the
hearing. Fofanah, 2017 WL 626775, at *2.
The Court takes judicial notice that FCI Fort Dix is
located in Burlington County at 5756 Hartford & Pointvile Road,
Joint Base MDL, New Jersey, 08640. See FCI Fort Dix,
https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/ftd/ (last visited
June 2, 2017). The physical location of FCI Fort Dix is not in
Trenton, New Jersey.
The Court also takes notice of the fact that according
to the Bureau of Prisons, mail to inmates of Fort Dix should be
addressed as follows:
[Inmate Name and Register Number]
FCI Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. BOX 2000
Joint Base MDL, NJ 08640.
See id. To avoid delays in receiving mail from the court or
opposing parties, Petitioner should update his address with the
If Petitioner still wishes to pursue habeas relief, he
should file an amended petition under Civil Action No. 17-0789
that includes the information requested by the court in its
dismissal opinion, namely any alleged defects in the hearing as
well as whether any good time credits were lost.
Because the relief requested by Petitioner in this
action is not appropriately raised in a § 2241 petition, the
Court will dismiss the petition with prejudice, meaning
Petitioner may not file any amended petition in this case.
An accompanying Order will be entered.
June 26, 2017
s/ Jerome B. Simandle
JEROME B. SIMANDLE
U.S. District Judge
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