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CAICEDO v. DeROSA

United States District Court, D. New Jersey


October 6, 2005.

JOSE CAICEDO, Petitioner,
v.
C.J. DeROSA, WARDEN, Respondent.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: FREDA WOLFSON, Magistrate Judge

OPINION

Petitioner Jose Caicedo, a prisoner currently confined at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, New Jersey, has submitted a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241.*fn1 The sole respondent is Warden C.J. DeRosa.

This Court previously has severed and transferred the claim made in Ground One, and has denied the claim made in Ground Two regarding the calculation of good time credits. In this Opinion, the Court will address Petitioner's remaining claim, made in Ground Three, that Respondent has deprived him of the right to due process by preventing his consideration for placement within favorable programming within the BOP due to his alien status.

  I. BACKGROUND

  Petitioner arrived in the United States on February 28, 1992, from Columbia, the country of his birth.

  Petitioner currently is serving a sentence of 70 months imprisonment imposed pursuant to conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on or about February 24, 2003. Respondent has applied to Petitioner a Public Safety Factor of "Deportable Alien" in light of Petitioner's status as a citizen of Colombia. Petitioner is not, however, the subject of a removal action by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; nor has the BICE lodged an immigration detainer against Petitioner with the Bureau of Prisons. Petitioner has not challenged his Public Safety Factor through the Bureau of Prisons Administrative Remedy Program.

  Here, Petitioner contends that the Respondent has improperly treated him as an alien and deprived him of consideration for placement in certain BOP programming based upon that status. He alleges that he is a "national" of the United States based upon the facts that he has lived most of his life in the United States, he has family in this country (including his children), he has paid substantial taxes in this country, and he owes his allegiance to this country.

  Respondents answer that (a) this Court should not address Petitioner's claim because he has failed to exhaust his administrative remedies, (b) Petitioner has no basis to challenge his Public Safety Factor, (c) this Court lacks jurisdiction to address the citizenship claim, and (d) Petitioner is not a U.S. national. Petitioner has not filed a reply.

  II. ANALYSIS

  A. Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies

  Petitioner has not exhausted the administrative remedies*fn2 available to him to challenge his Public Safety Factor. Although 28 U.S.C. § 2241 contains no statutory exhaustion requirement, a federal prisoner ordinarily may not bring a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241, challenging the execution of his sentence, until he has exhausted all available administrative remedies. See, e.g., Callwood v. Enos, 230 F.3d 627, 634 (3d Cir. 2000); Arias v. United States Parole Comm'n, 648 F.2d 196, 199 (3d Cir. 1981); Soyka v. Alldredge, 481 F.2d 303, 306 (3d Cir. 1973). The exhaustion doctrine promotes a number of goals:

(1) allowing the appropriate agency to develop a factual record and apply its expertise facilitates judicial review; (2) permitting agencies to grant the relief requested conserves judicial resources; and (3) providing agencies the opportunity to correct their own errors fosters administrative autonomy.
Goldberg v. Beeler, 82 F.Supp.2d 302, 309 (D.N.J. 1999), aff'd, 248 F.3d 1130 (3d Cir. 2000). See also Moscato v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, 98 F.3d 757, 761 (3d Cir. 1996). Nevertheless, exhaustion of administrative remedies is not required where exhaustion would not promote these goals. See, e.g., Gambino v. Morris, 134 F.3d 156, 171 (3d Cir. 1998) (exhaustion not required where petitioner demonstrates futility); Lyons v. U.S. Marshals, 840 F.2d 202, 205 (3d Cir. 1988) (exhaustion may be excused where it "would be futile, if the actions of the agency clearly and unambiguously violate statutory or constitutional rights, or if the administrative procedure is clearly shown to be inadequate to prevent irreparable harm"); Carling v. Peters, 2000 WL 1022959, *2 (E.D. Pa. 2000) (exhaustion not required where delay would subject petitioner to "irreparable injury").

  Here, there is no dispute regarding the relevant factual record, nor does this matter require application of the agency's particular expertise. Accordingly, the purposes of the exhaustion requirement would not be served by requiring the Petitioner to exhaust his administrative remedies, and this Court will proceed to determine Petitioner's claim on the merits.

  B. The Public Safety Factor Claim

  Petitioner's claim that his classification deprives him of liberty without due process, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, must fail. See, e.g., Montanye v. Haymes, 427 U.S. 236, 242 (1976) ("As long as the conditions or degree of confinement to which the prisoner is subjected is within the sentence imposed upon him and is not otherwise violative of the Constitution, the Due Process Clause does not in itself subject an inmate's treatment by prison authorities to judicial oversight."); Moody v. Daggett, 429 U.S. 78, 88 n. 9 (1976) ("We have rejected the notion that every state action carrying adverse consequences for prison inmates automatically activates a due process right. . . . The same is true of prisoner classification and eligibility for rehabilitative programs in the federal system. Congress has given federal prison officials full discretion to control these conditions of confinement, 18 U.S.C. § 4081, and petitioner has no legitimate statutory or constitutional entitlement sufficient to invoke due process."); Sandin v. Conner, 515 U.S. 742, 484 (1996) ("[Liberty interests conferred by government action] will be generally limited to freedom from restraint which, while not exceeding the sentence in such an unexpected manner as to give rise to protection by the Due Process Clause of its own force, nonetheless imposes atypical and significant hardship on the inmate in relation to the ordinary incidents of prison life."). See also Wilks v. Mundt, 25 Fed. Appx. 492, 2002 WL 113837 (8th Cir. Jan 30, 2002) (no liberty interest implicated by Sex Offender PSF).

  Petitioner's classification, and resultant ineligibility for certain BOP programming, does not impose an atypical and significant hardship on him.

  Moreover, the claim of U.S. nationality upon which Petitioner bases his due process claim is meritless.*fn3 To the extent Petitioner asks this Court to grant him citizenship, this Court lacks jurisdiction to accommodate him. "There are `two sources of citizenship, and two only: birth and naturalization.'" Miller v. Albright, 523 U.S. 420, 423 (1998) (citation omitted). Petitioner does not allege citizenship status by birth or by completion of the naturalization process.

  The Immigration and Nationality Act defines a "national" as "(A) a citizen of the United States, or (B) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States." 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(22). The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that, "for one . . . who is a citizen of another country, nothing less than citizenship will show `permanent allegiance to the United States.'" Salim v. Ashcroft, 350 F.3d 307, 310 (3d Cir. 2003). As Petitioner does not even allege that he completed the naturalization process, claim, too, must fail. III. CONCLUSION

  For the reasons set forth above, the Petition must be denied as to the claim made in Ground Three. An appropriate order follows.

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