Romig v. Riverra
MEMORANDUM ORDER OVERRULING OBJECTIONS AND ADOPTING THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION that petitioner's complaints about his disciplinary proceeding may not be pursued in a habeas proceeding. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 8/26/13. (mrp, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:12-CV-223
MEMORANDUM ORDER OVERRULING OBJECTIONS AND ADOPTING
THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Petitioner William Romig, an inmate confined at the Federal Prison Camp at Florence
Colorado, proceeding pro se, filed this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241. The court previously referred this matter to the Honorable Zack Hawthorn, United States
Magistrate Judge, for consideration pursuant to applicable laws and orders of this court.
The respondent has filed a motion for summary judgment. The magistrate judge has
submitted a Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge recommending the
motion be granted.
The court has received the Report and Recommendation of United States Magistrate Judge,
along with the record, pleadings, and all available evidence. Petitioner filed objections to the
Report and Recommendation. The court must therefore conduct a de novo review of the
Petitioner challenges a prison disciplinary conviction which did not result in the loss of
good conduct time credits. The magistrate judge concluded that as petitioner did not lose good
conduct time credits, a finding in his favor would not have an effect on the fact or duration of his
confinement. As a result, the challenge to the disciplinary proceeding was not cognizable in a
petition for writ of habeas corpus.
In his objections, petitioner asserts that while he did not lose good conduct time credits,
the disciplinary proceeding has an effect on the fact or duration of his confinement because the
Bureau of Prisons may rely on the disciplinary conviction to deny him placement in a community
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has concluded that if a favorable
determination “would [not] automatically entitle [a petitioner] to accelerated release,” then the
claim should be pursued in a civil rights lawsuit rather than a habeas corpus petition. Orellana
v. Kyle, 65 F.3d 29, 31 (5th Cir. 1995) (per curiam). Title 18 U.S.C. § 3621(b) makes the Bureau
of Prisons responsible for determining where a prisoner serves his sentence, including how much
of the sentence is served in a community corrections center. Section 3621(b) provides that the
Bureau shall consider the following factors in making its determination: (1) the resources of the
facility contemplated; (2) the nature and circumstances of the offense; (3) the history and
characteristic of the prisoner; (4) any statement by the court that imposed the sentence: (a)
concerning the purposes for which the sentence to imprisonment was determined to be warranted;
or (b) recommending a type of penal or correctional facility as appropriate; and (5) any pertinent
policy statement issued by the United States Sentencing Commission. Petitioner asserts the Bureau
will consider his disciplinary conviction when it assesses his history and characteristics.
Based on the number of factors the Bureau must consider in determining whether a prisoner
should be allowed to serve a portion of his sentence in a community corrections center, it cannot
be concluded that if the petitioner’s disciplinary conviction were overturned, he would
automatically be entitled to accelerated release or earlier placement in a community corrections
center. Petitioner’s disciplinary history will only be relevant to one of the five factors the Bureau
must consider in determining where petitioner should be confined. As a result, petitioner’s
complaints about his disciplinary proceeding may not be pursued in a habeas petition.
Accordingly, petitioner’s objections are OVERRULED.
The findings of fact and
conclusions of law of the magistrate judge are correct, and the report of the magistrate judge is
ADOPTED. The respondent’s motion for summary judgment is GRANTED. A final judgment
shall be entered dismissing the petition.
SIGNED at Beaumont, Texas, this 7th day of September, 2004.
SIGNED at Beaumont, Texas, this 26th day of August, 2013.
MARCIA A. CRONE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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