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CAPTION:
William McKinnedy #256024 vs. SCDOC

AGENCY:
South Carolina Department of Corrections

PARTIES:
Appellant:
William McKinnedy #256024

Respondent:
South Carolina Department of Corrections
 
DOCKET NUMBER:
01-ALJ-04-00152-AP

APPEARANCES:
n/a
 

ORDERS:

ORDER OF DISMISSAL DUE TO LACK OF JURISDICTION
Grievance No. KER 0706-00

A threshold issue in every case is whether subject matter jurisdiction exists over the matter in question. Such issues may be raised at any time and may be considered by the court on its own motion. See Johnson v. State, 319 S.C. 62, 459 S.E.2d 840 (1995). Here, the issue is whether jurisdiction exists in the Administrative Law Judge Division (ALJD).
 

The En Banc Order of McNeil v. South Carolina Department of Corrections, 00-ALJ-04-00336-AP (September 5, 2001) holds that the ALJD's appellate jurisdiction in inmate appeals is limited to two types of cases: cases in which an inmate contends that prison officials have erroneously calculated his sentence, sentence-related credits, or custody status; cases in which DOC has taken an inmate's created liberty interest as punishment in a major disciplinary hearing.
 

In this case, the challenge made by William McKinnedy #256024, (McKinnedy) is that he was wrongly found guilty of being disrespectful. Such is not a challenge to the calculation of a sentence, sentence-related credits, or custody status. While McKinnedy was punished for the violation, the punishment did result in the taking of a created liberty interest. Accordingly, no jurisdiction exists in the ALJD to decide this matter.
 

THEREFORE, this matter is dismissed and the case is ended. 

AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
 

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RAY N. STEVENS

Administrative Law Judge
 

Dated: September 24, 2001

Columbia, South Carolina


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