The opinion of the court was delivered by: Carolyn K. Delaney United States Magistrate Judge
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. He is serving a sentence of 17 years and 3 months imprisonment following a 2000 conviction for four counts of robbery with a firearm. Am. Pet. at 12.*fn1 He challenges a 2011 prisoner disciplinary proceedings finding that he committed the offense of possession of a controlled substance. As a result of the finding, petitioner lost 130 days of good conduct sentence credit. Id. at 77. Respondent has filed a motion to dismiss.
The court shall entertain an application for writ of habeas corpus by a state prisoner only if it is alleged that the prisoner is in custody in violation of federal law. 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a). In a federal habeas proceeding, a state prisoner can challenge the fact that he is confined or the duration of his confinement. Badea v. Cox, 931 F.2d 573, 574 (9th Cir. 1991). Here, petitioner challenges the duration of his confinement by seeking restoration of revoked sentence credit.
The Supreme Court has found that inmates have a liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in earned good conduct sentence credit. E.g. Superintendent v. Hill, 472 U.S. 445, 453 (1985). That interest must be protected by the following procedures attendant to prison disciplinary proceedings which result in the revocation of good conduct credit:
1) Advance written notice of the charges;
2) An opportunity, when consistent with institutional safety and correctional goals, to call witnesses and present documentary evidence in the inmate's defense;
3) A written statement by the fact-finder of the evidence relied on and the reasons for the disciplinary action; and
4) That the findings of the prison disciplinary board be supported by some evidence in the record.
Superintendent v. Hill, 472 U.S. 445, 454 (1985).
Petitioner does not allege that he was denied any of the procedural
protections identified above. Rather, he asserts the timing of the
disciplinary hearing at issue was outside the limit provided by
California law and the fact that he was not allowed to call witnesses
in an attempt to show that the hearing was not timely.*fn2
However, as indicated above, the court can not
grant a petition for writ of habeas corpus based upon a violation of
state law. Violations of state law, must be directed to state
For the foregoing reasons, the court agrees with respondent that petitioner's claims arising under state law are not cognizable in this federal habeas action and, therefore, will recommend that respondent's motion to dismiss be granted.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY RECOMMENDED that:
1. Respondent's motion to dismiss (Dkt. No. 13) be granted;
2. Petitioner's application for writ of habeas corpus ...