from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Bradley
Lee Jackson appeals the dismissal of his application for
Hobbs, West Des Moines, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Nicholas E. Siefert,
Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.
Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.
he was arrested for a parole violation, Mark Lee Jackson
filed an application for postconviction relief raising two
(1) the State improperly placed him at the Newton
Correctional Facility while he was awaiting his
parole-revocation hearing, and
(2) the State imposed improper disciplinary sanctions during
cannot reach the merits of either issue. As the district
court decided, the first claim is moot, and Jackson does not
show the issue is one of broad public importance likely to
recur. The second claim does not warrant granting a petition
for writ of certiorari. Because we have nothing to review, we
dismiss his appeal.
Facts, Prior Proceedings, and Supreme Court Orders
was arrested in August 2017 on an alleged violation of parole
conditions. At the time of his arrest, the district court
ordered Jackson to be held by the Polk County Sheriff with
placement at the Newton Correctional Facility (Newton) rather
than the county jail. While held at Newton, Jackson allegedly
disobeyed prison rules. After several disciplinary hearings,
Jackson received thirty days of disciplinary detention, loss
of phone privileges for one hundred and eighty days, and a
three-day loss of evening recreation periods.
January 2018, Jackson filed a self-represented application
for postconviction relief alleging (1) deprivation of his due
process rights while he was placed at Newton awaiting his
hearing, and (2) the illegal discipline taken against him
while he was in custody there. In May 2018, before the
district court ruled on Jackson's application, an
administrative law judge with the Iowa Board of Parole
decided he violated the terms of his parole, revoked his
parole status, and transferred his custody to the director of
the Iowa Department of Corrections.
in October 2018, the district court dismissed Jackson's
application for postconviction relief. The court ruled:
"Because Jackson has now been remanded to the custody of
the Department of Corrections, the issues related to his
pre-parole hearing detention are academic and moot." The
court also decided the disciplinary action taken against
Jackson did not amount to a deprivation of a ...