Johnson v. Superintendent, No. 2020 NY Slip Op 6934 (N.Y. 2020)
Nature of Case: Appellants were individuals imprisoned for sex offenses in New York state and would have otherwise been released on post-release supervision but for the applicability of state law that rendered large portions of available housing unlawful for them. Because they could not obtain lawful housing, they were kept confined in correctional facilities. Appellants brought writs of habeas corpus challenging their confinement and alleging various constitutional violations, including Due Process and 8th Amendment violations. The trial and intermediate appellate courts found no constitutional violation and the state Court of Appeals accepted review.
Holding: New York Court of Appeals affirmed the findings of the lower courts with respect to the constitutional issues.