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Barber v. Thomas

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Barber v. Thomas is a U.S. Supreme Court case that challenged the method used by the Bureau of Prisons to calculate “good time” sentence reductions for federal prisoners.


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Barber v. Thomas is a U.S. Supreme Court case that challenged the method used by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to calculate "good-time" credit thereby reducing the sentence for federal prisoners.  Federal setencing law allows the prision authorities to award those inmates that display good behavior with credit against their sentence.

The petitioners, who are federal prisioners, stated that the method used was unlawful as "18 U.S.C. section 3624(b)(1)[1] required a calculation based on the length of the term of imprisonment imposed by the sentencing judge, not the length of time the prisoner actually served."[2]  The Supreme court rejected this stating that the BOP's method for calculating good-time credit is lawful, as it follows the "most natural reading of the statute."[3]

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  1. http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/II/229/C/3624
  2. http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=09-5201
  3. http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=09-5201

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