Young v. Wilson
ORDER and JUDGMENT OF DISMISSAL. Signed by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on 8/26/2019. (CLR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA
BENJAMIN JASON YOUNG,
ORDER AND JUDGMENT OF DISMISSAL
On April 17, 2019, the Clerk of Court filed a letter written by Benjamin Jason Young as a
new 28 U.S.C. § 2241 case. Docs. 1, 2, 3. The Clerk of Court sent a letter on April 18, 2019, to
Young, who at the time was an inmate at the Fort Worth Federal Medical Center, advising Young
that his letter was filed as a § 2241 petition, that he owed a filing fee of $5, unless he wanted to
complete certain forms to show an inability to pay, and that he should complete an enclosed § 2241
petition if he chose to more formally express his claims. Doc. 3. Young has not paid the $5 fee
or filed anything more in this case.
Young's initial letter sought credit for eight days oftime spent in the Rosebud Tribal Jail.
Doc. 1. Young's supplement requested 54 days, rather than a calculated 47 days, of sentence
reduction under the First Step Act. Doc. 2. Young's supplement also requested different terms of
confinement, expressing his thinking that his release date was November 5, 2019.
Young's request is a challenge to the manner of execution of the sentence and thus fits
under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. A prisoner may challenge the execution of his sentence through a § 2241
petition, but it properly is filed in the district where the prisoner is confined. Rumsfeld v. Padilla,
542 U.S. 426, 442 (2004); Braden v. 30^"^ Judicial Circuit Court. 410 U.S. 484, 494-95 (1973);
Mathenv v. Morrison. 307 F.3d 709, 711 (8th Cir. 2002). A court may not issue a writ under §
2241 unless it has jurisdiction over the petitioner's custodian. Braden,410 U.S. at 494-95.
Young was incarcerated in Texas when he wrote his letters seeking relief, and not in South
Dakota. According to the Bureau of Prison's public information, Young now is at a residential
reentry facility in Minnesota.
See Find an Inmate, Federal Bureau of Prisons,
https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/ (last visited August 16, 2019). Young's listed release date is
October 13, 2019 according to the public information firom the Bureau of Prisons. It of course is
for the Bureau ofPrisons to calculate Young's release date and credit him for applicable good time
credit and time in federal custody prior to sentencing or arrival at a Bureau ofPrisons facility. For
what it is worth, when he wrote his request for relief, Young thought his release date would be
November 5, 2019, approximately 23 days later than his apparent actual release date. Young was
seeking a discount for eight days served in a tribal jail plus seven more days than what he thought
his good time calculation to be. Young's request for release fifteen days earlier than November 5,
2019, actually is less favorable to him than what the Bureau of Prisons has calculated for his
At any rate, a § 2241 petition needs to be filed in the jurisdiction where an inmate is
incarcerated and Young is not presently incarcerated in South Dakota. Young's requested relief
is less favorable to him than what the Bureau of Prisons has calculated. Young has not paid a
filing fee or sought to move forward with this case. Thus, it is hereby
ORDERED that this pro se case is screened and dismissed. It is further
ORDERED that Young's obligation to pay a filing fee is waived because Young's letters
may not have been an effort to file a petition, especially in view of the lack of any response from
Young to the Clerk of Court's letter dated April 18, 2019. It is further
ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that this case is dismissed without prejudice
to any refiling.
day of August, 2019.
BY THE COURT:
ROBERTO A. LANGl
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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