Williamson was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for beating and stabbing his sister in law, which resulted in her death. His 2004 application to enroll in the program was denied. DOCS personnel determined that his life sentence precluded participation in the program because it was designed to prepare family relations for a prisoner's release. The heinous nature of his crime was also taken into consideration. Two visits by Williamson’s mother were approved in 2005, the second being cancelled when the approval error was realized. Williamson filed suit, and then appealed after his case was dismissed by the trial court.
The Appellate Division for the New York Supreme Court held that the DOCS had appropriately considered all factors and that its determination was supported by a rational basis. See: Williamson v. Nuttall, 35 A.D.3d 926, 825 N.Y.S.2d 802 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., 2006).
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Williamson v. Nuttall
|Cite||35 A.D.3d 926, (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., 2006)|
|Level||State Court of Appeals|