Acevedo v. Merlak
Memorandum Opinion and Order that Petitioner has no cognizable claim for habeas corpus relief, and his Petition is dismissed pursuant to pursuant to §2243 and Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Habeas Corpus Cases. The Court further certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this decision could not be taken in good faith. Signed by Judge Dan Aaron Polster on 1/25/2017. (R,Sh)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
CASE NO. 4:16 CV 2834
JUDGE DAN AARON POLSTER
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
Pro se Petitioner Ariel Acevedo is a prisoner confined by the Bureau of Prisons in the
Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio. He has filed a petition for a writ of habeas
corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2241, challenging his security classification. He contends staff
at FCI Elkton arbitrarily and capriciously assigned him a “Public Safety Factor” (PSF) for
serious telephone abuse after he was transferred to Elkton. He disputes the PSF, and contends it
was applied to him only in order to render him ineligible for placement in a minimum security
camp. He contends this violates due process.
The Court conducts an initial review of habeas corpus petitions. 28 U.S.C. §2243;
Alexander v. Northern Bureau of Prisons, 419 F. App'x 544, 545 (6th Cir. 2011). The Court
must dismiss a petition if “it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the
petitioner is not entitled to relief.” Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Habeas Corpus Cases Under
Section 2254 in the United States District Courts (applicable to §2241 petitions pursuant to Rule
The Court must dismiss the Petition. “It is well established that challenges to a
prisoner’s classification or place of confinement, such as . . . security classification challenges . .
. are ‘conditions of confinement’ claims which may only be asserted in a civil rights action
under 28 U.S.C. § 1331.” Owen v. Sepanek, No. 14-CV-158-HRW, 2014 WL 6610169, at *3
(E.D. Ky. Nov. 19, 2014) (collecting cases). Further, a writ of habeas corpus may be granted
pursuant to §2241 if the prisoner is “in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws . . . of the
United States.” 28 U.S.C. §2241(c)(3). Federal prisoners have no constitutional interest in being
placed in any particular prison, or in a particular security classification. Ford v. Harvey, 106 F.
App'x 397, 399 (6th Cir. 2004).
Accordingly, Petitioner has no cognizable claim for habeas corpus relief, and his Petition
is dismissed pursuant to pursuant to §2243 and Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Habeas Corpus
Cases. The Court further certifies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3), that an appeal from this
decision could not be taken in good faith.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Dan Aaron Polster
DAN AARON POLSTER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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