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McCauley v. Williamson

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


July 14, 2008

JOSEPH MCCAULEY, PETITIONER
v.
WARDEN WILLIAMSON, RESPONDENT

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Christopher C. Conner United States District Judge

(Judge Conner)

ORDER

AND NOW, this 14th day of July 2008, upon consideration of the report of the magistrate judge (Doc. 12), to which no objections were filed, recommending that the petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. 1) be granted in part and denied in part, and, following an independent review of the record, it appearing that petitioner seeks to be transferred to the custody of the State of New York Department of Corrections for the remainder of his federal sentence in order to effectuate the federal sentencing judge's determination that his federal and state sentences should run concurrently (see Doc. 1 at 10),*fn1 that the Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") has the authority to "at any time . . . direct the transfer of a prisoner from one penal or correctional facility to another," see 18 U.S.C. § 3621(b),*fn2 that the BOP can designate a state institution as the proper facility for service of a federal sentence, see Shumate v. United States, No. 3042602, 2006 WL 83506, at *4 (M.D. Pa. Jan. 12, 2006), and that "[c]oncurrent service of federal and non-federal sentences in a non-federal institution occurs when the [BOP] designates a non-federal institution for service of a federal sentence," BUREAU OF PRISONS' PROGRAM STATEMENT 5160.05 ¶ 9(b), and the court finding that BOP officials have mistakenly failed to consider whether petitioner's designation to a non-federal facility would be appropriate in this case (see Docs. 7, 11), it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. The report and recommendation of the magistrate judge (Doc. 15) is ADOPTED.

2. The petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. 1) is GRANTED as follows:

a. The BOP is ORDERED to exercise its discretion in determining whether or not to designate a New York state facility for service of the remainder of petitioner's federal sentence.

b. The remainder of the petition (Doc. 1) is DENIED.

3. A certificate of appealability is DENIED. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c).

4. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case.


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