Being In An Unauthorized Area In Prison Disciplinary Hearing Appeal

An inmate at Prison was charged with being in an unauthorized area, a violation of N.J.A.C. 10A:4-4.1(a).402. The inmate admitted being in the area but denied being aware that it was off limits after dark. The hearing officer reviewed the documents, found the evidence credible, and therefore, found him guilty. On this appeal, the inmate argued regarding the charge of being in an unauthorized area, that the hearing officer committed plain error by relying on non-factual information in determining his guilt and "supplying false information into the records". The court affirmed in part, and reversed in part.