Leon Dudley Noah, Petitioner-appellant, v. United States Parole Commission, et al., Respondent-appellee, 967 F.2d 589 (9th Cir. 1992)Annotate this Case
Submitted May 7, 1992. *Decided June 8, 1992. As Amended on Denial of RehearingJuly 16, 1992
Before PREGERSON, TROTT and KLEINFELD, Circuit Judges.
Leon Dudley Noah appeals the District Court's denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We affirm.
In 1972, Noah was convicted for violating federal drug laws and sentenced to twenty years in prison. Over the course of the last two decades he has been paroled and reincarcerated five times. His petition focuses on his parole release from May 1981 to February 1984. During that period, while on parole from federal prison, Noah was convicted of forgery in a Washington state court, and served seventeen months in state prison.
Noah first contends that the Parole Commission erred in not crediting the time he spent out on parole between 1981 and 1984 against his federal sentence. We disagree.
The decision whether to credit time spent on parole against a prisoner's sentence is at a parole commission's discretion. Rizzo v. Armstrong, 921 F.2d 855, 860-861 (9th Cir. 1990). We find no abuse of discretion in the Parole Commission's decision to deny Noah federal credit for time he spent in a Washington prison.
Noah next contends that the Parole Commission's failure to give him advance notice of the probation revocation hearing and the possibility that his parole time would be forfeited was a denial of due process. We agree, but note that the error has been cured.
The failure of a parole commission to give proper advance notice of a revocation hearing is a denial of due process. Jessup v. United States Parole Comm'n, 889 F.2d 831, 835 (9th Cir. 1989). The proper remedy for the failure to give adequate notice of a revocation hearing is a remand to the parole commission with instructions to provide the prisoner with a new hearing. Id. Here, Noah received a new hearing with proper notice in 1991. Accordingly, the denial of due process was remedied.
The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.