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Collins v. Larned State Hospital

November 17, 2008

CHASE COLLINS, AKA ALLAN RAY HOWARD, PETITIONER,
v.
LARNED STATE HOSPITAL, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sam A. Crow U.S. Senior District Judge

ORDER

Petitioner, a prisoner confined in a Kansas correctional facility pursuant to his state criminal conviction,*fn1 proceeds pro se and in forma pauperis on a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. In this action, petitioner challenges his previous civil commitment and confinement as a sexually violent predator (SVP) under the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act (KSVPA), K.S.A. 59-29a01 et seq.,*fn2 claiming the evidence did not support the jury's determination, arguing the treatment unlawfully subjects him to further punishment, and challenging the legality of the KSVPA under Kansas law and its application to petitioner who was still subject to juvenile jurisdiction when determined to be an SVP.

The court reviewed the habeas application and directed petitioner to show cause why the petition should not be dismissed without prejudice because petitioner failed to identify any resort to the state district or appellate courts on any claim of being denied his rights under federal law.

In response, petitioner states he attempted to file a "Motion for No Forced Treatment" in the Pawnee County District Court, which that court dismissed finding petitioner had not exhausted his remedies. Petitioner contends this was error because no grievance protocol within the Sexual Predator Treatment Program is provided at Larned State Hospital. However, there is nothing to suggest petitioner sought review by the Kansas appellate courts of this state district court decision. Petitioner also argues he is being denied his right to a "current mental evaluation" that includes a probable cause hearing, and representation throughout as provided by Kansas statutes at the time of his initial commitment. Petitioner identifies no exhaustion of state remedies on any such claim.*fn3

Accordingly, although petitioner correctly notes habeas corpus is an appropriate remedy to challenge the legality of a civil commitment, Duncan v. Walker, 533 U.S. 167 (2001), petitioner must first exhaust state court remedies on any claim based upon the alleged deprivation of his rights under federal law. 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1); O'Sullivan v. Boerckel, 526 U.S. 838, 842 (1999).

Because petitioner has not yet done so, the court concludes the petition should be dismissed without prejudice

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the petition for writ of habeas corpus is dismissed without prejudice.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

DATED: This 17th day of November 2008 at ...


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