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Old 01-18-2018, 11:27 AM
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Default Summary: How to Calculate Federal (BOP) Prison Time

Ronald Reagan and Congress changed federal sentencing during the 1980's by among other things, cancelling federal parole entirely. Those laws are still in force.

These are the bills that became law:

H.R.5773 - Sentencing Reform Act of 1984
S.894 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)Truth in Sentencing Act of 1985
H.R.3837 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)Sentencing Reform Amendments Act of 1985
H.R.4801 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)Sentencing Guidelines Act of 1986
S.1822 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)Sentencing Act of 1987

Regular good time was set at 54 days per year of each federal sentence. But keeping with the times, the BOP decided they would only award 47 days instead. Eventually, in the 21st century the Supreme Court ruled that the BOP was within their authority to only award 47 days, thus taking away one week of good time from every prisoner every year.

The common thought is that federal prisoners serve 85% of their sentences, but because of the BOP's voodoo arithmetic, it comes out to be closer to 88%.

The method that the BOP uses to award good time, which is the only way to accurately determine if it was done correctly is this:

SENTENCE COMPUTATION

Sentences of one year or less earn zero good time. People who are sentenced to life also receive no good time.

Sentences of one year and one day upward earn 47 days of good time for each 12 months of their sentence.

Note: the First Step Act which became law in 2019 increased good time from 47 to 54 days for each year of the sentence: fbopnomore

EXAMPLES:

A 60 month sentence is divided by 12 months and becomes 5 years @ 47 days per year, equaling 235 days of good time.

63 months becomes 5.25 years or 247 days

66 months becomes 5.5 years or 258 days, and so on for every sentence.

Once calculated by the BOP sentence computation office in Grand Prairie, Texas, the "release date" shown on the Inmate Locator is the total sentence minus the maximum amount of good time that it is possible to earn. A common mistake is for them not to credit all presentencing incarceration time in their calculations, but that can be remedied through an inmate grievance. The only requirement is that credit for pretrial incarceration must be for the same crime(s) that resulted in the sentence.

The only other BOP program that awards extra good time is the Residential Drug Abuse Program, RDAP, and then only for inmates who qualify to both take the program and also qualify to be awarded extra good time when they successfully complete it.

The only way that earned good time can be revoked is by a District Hearing Officer Hearing as punishment for conduct violations. It is sometimes possible to have the lost time re-credited after a period of clear conduct.

HALF WAY HOUSE & HOME CONFINEMENT: COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

At the end of most federal prison sentences, the prisoner can be moved to either a half way house or to home confinement. The Second Chance Act allows for up to 12 months in a Half Way House and/or up to 6 months of Home Confinement, but the BOP usually limits it to 10% of the original sentence. The unit team Case Manager decides how much, if any, Community Corrections time will be available.

It doesn't change the end of sentence release date since they will still be in "BOP Custody" there, just not in a prison.

Here is a link to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, FAMM, frequently asked questions about federal good time. An internet search shows many more.
http://famm.org/affected-families/an...d-time-credit/
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Default My man got 10 months prison sentence

Okay so my man got 10 months in the feds.and I'm wondering how much time he has to serve in the feds and does he get halfway house time off the ten months like that pre-release program I been reading about if anybody can give me some information about this I would appreciate it
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There is no good time for federal sentences of one year or less. Time in a HWH, if any, will be decided by the unit team case manager after he arrives at the prison.

By the way, the First Step Act was enacted, so good time (for eligible prisoners) was increased by one week from 47 to 54 days for each year of the sentence.
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