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Old 11-12-2010, 08:32 AM
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Default What does the term "flat" mean with respect to a New Jersey sentence?

What does the term "flat" mean when someone is talking about a New Jersey sentence? I've heard people say that someone received a sentence of "3 flat" or "5 flat." What does the "flat" part mean? Does it have something to do with parole?

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Old 11-12-2010, 09:25 AM
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I only know that in arizona a "flat" sentence means the sentence must be served in its entirety, no earned release credits or possibility of early parole. i can only imagine it means pretty much the same thing everywhere.
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Flat here means no minumim or maxium or the No Early Release Act (85%) applies. These apply to certain offenses by law.
S/He wouldn't serve the whole time because we have comp time aka good time which reduces the sentence that is automatically applied at the start of the sentence that can only be taken away if he gets into trouble.
Doesn't have anything to do with parole. Parole elgibity is based on a set schedule based on the lenght of the sentence such as a 3 flat would be eligible for parole consideration at 9 months 28 months.
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He can also apply for ISP (Intense Supervised Parole) and possibly released after 4 months of serving time if approved. A flat sentence has no minimim time that must be served and with good behavior and taking programs, very rarely do they serve the full 3 years. Good luck.
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