Hood v. Chapa
MEMORANDUM ORDER OVERRULING OBJECTIONS AND ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION that this petition for writ of habeas corpus be denied. Signed by Judge Marcia A. Crone on 12/28/16. (mrp, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WARDEN, FCI BEAUMONT LOW,
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:16-CV-400
MEMORANDUM ORDER OVERRULING OBJECTIONS AND ADOPTING THE
MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Petitioner, Roshaun Hood, a prisoner currently confined at FCI Beaumont Low, proceeding
pro se, filed this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241.
The court referred this matter to the Honorable Zack Hawthorn, United States Magistrate
Judge, at Beaumont, Texas, for consideration pursuant to applicable laws and orders of this court.
The Magistrate Judge recommends this petition for writ of habeas corpus be denied.
The court has received and considered the Report and Recommendation of United States
Magistrate Judge filed pursuant to such referral, along with the record, and pleadings. Plaintiff
filed objections to the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation. This requires a de novo
review of the objections in relation to the pleadings and the applicable law. See FED. R. CIV. P.
After careful consideration, the court finds petitioner’s objections are without merit.
Petitioner concedes he did not lose any good conduct time as a result of the disciplinary conviction
at issue. As punishment, plaintiff received a thirty (30) day restriction on his phone, commissary
and visiting privileges. He complains, however, that the finding of guilt “extended a management
variable which increased his security and custody level.” As outlined by the Magistrate Judge,
“punishment consisting of placement in administrative segregation or loss of the opportunity to
earn good conduct time is not enough to trigger the protection of the constitution.” Luken v. Scott,
71 F.3d 192 (5th Cir. 1995). The cases cited by petitioner are inapposite to the facts underlying
the present case as they all involve disciplinary convictions wherein the petitioner lost good
conduct time. See, e.g., Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 498-500 (1973); Orellana v. Kyle,
65 F.3d 29, 31 (5th Cir. 1995); Spina v. Aaron, 821 F.2d 1126 (5th Cir. 1987); Krist v. Ricketts,
504 F.2d 887, 888 (5th Cir. 1974).
To the extent petitioner also challenges the finding as it relates to evidence sufficient to
support the finding of guilt, the information provided in an incident report, standing alone, can
satisfy the “some evidence” standard. Hudson v. Johnson, 242 F.3d 534, 536-37 (5th Cir. 2001).
Petitioner attached as evidence a copy of the Unit Disciplinary Committee (“UDC”) form. In
Section 19 of this form, the UDC based its decision on the incident report as written. See Original
Petition, Exhibits (docket entry no, pg. 14). Although petitioner did not attach a copy of the actual
Incident Report, the UDC form does include a description of the incident as taken from the
Incident Report. The incident was described as follows:
[o]n 8-13-15 at approximately 6:30 am Inmate Hood was late for his SHU
callout. An announcement was made on public address system and the unit
officer was called for him to report to medical. The unit officer was also
called to verify that the call outs were posted on the bulletin board. Inmate
Hood had no valid reason to be late for his callout. He also made no
attempts to notify myself or any other medical staff where he was.
Id. Furthermore, petitioner provided a copy of the Central Office Administrative Remedy Appeal
response. Id. (pg. 23). In this response, the Regional Director stated that petitioner also admitted
to the investigating Lieutenant that he did not check the callouts posted on the inmate bulletin
board in petitioner’s housing unit. Id. Based on the foregoing, the present record indicates there
was “some evidence” supporting the decision. “Prison disciplinary proceedings are overturned
only where no evidence in the record supports the decision.” Broussard v. Johnson, 253 F.3d
874, 877 (5th Cir. 2001).
Accordingly, the objections of the plaintiff 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. A final judgment will be entered in this case in accordance with the Magistrate
SIGNED at Beaumont, Texas, this 7th day of September, 2004.
SIGNED at Beaumont, Texas, this 28th day of December, 2016.
MARCIA A. CRONE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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