352 F.Supp. 556 (N.D.Ga. 1972), Civ. A. 17462, Walters v. Henderson

Docket Nº:Civ. A. 17462
Citation:352 F.Supp. 556
Party Name:Walters v. Henderson
Case Date:November 22, 1972
Court:United States District Courts, 11th Circuit, Northern District of Georgia

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352 F.Supp. 556 (N.D.Ga. 1972)



J. D. HENDERSON, Warden, United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia.

Civ. A. No. 17462.

United States District Court, N.D. Georgia

Nov. 22, 1972

J. W. Walters, pro se.

John W. Stokes, Jr., U. S. Atty., Atlanta, Ga., for defendant.


EDENFIELD, District Judge.

Petitioner, a federal prisoner incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia, seeks leave to file in forma pauperis a petition for the

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writ of habeas corpus. It may be so filed.

Petitioner alleges that since his transfer to Atlanta on October 14, 1972 he has been kept in punitive segregation for no apparent reason. He seeks release to the general prison population.

Since petitioner does not attack the legality of his sentence, relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (1970) is not available to him. However, habeas corpus relief is available not only to one who claims he should be freed of all restraints but also to one who protests his confinement in a certain place or who attacks the conditions of his confinement. Mead v. Parker, 464 F.2d 1108 (9th Cir. 1972); Armstrong v. Cardwell, 457 F.2d 34 (6th Cir. 1972); Creek v. Stone, 126 U.S.App.D.C. 329, 379 F.2d 106 (1967); Coffin v. Reichard, 143 F.2d 443 (6th Cir. 1944), cert. denied 325 U.S. 887, 65 S.Ct. 1568, 89 L.Ed. 2001 (1945); United States ex rel. Murray v. Owens, 341 F.Supp. 722 (S.D.N.Y.1972). Accordingly, petitioner's claim that he should be released from punitive segregation and restored to the general prison population is cognizable in federal habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (1970). Wilwording v. Swenson, 404 U.S. 249, 251, 92 S.Ct. 407, 30 L.Ed.2d 418 (1971); Cagle v. Ciccone, 289 F.Supp. 857 (W.D.Mo.1968). See Johnson v. Avery, 393 U.S. 483, 89 S.Ct. 747, 21 L.Ed.2d 718 (1969).

Of course petitioner is entitled to the relief he seeks only if he was placed in punitive segregation in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States. 28 U.S.C. § 2241(c)(3). Furthermore, absent evidence to the contrary, the court...

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