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Good-time credit is the time that the Bureau of Prisions (BOP) subtracts from the sentence of those inmates who display good behavior and follow the rules.
Good-time credit is a method of calculating reduced sentence time by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for federal prisoners who display good behavior. Good-time credit applies to federal inmates that are serving more than a year of imprisionment. Neither a prisoner with a sentence less than a year nor one with a life sentence can apply for good-time credit. A maximun of 54 days at the end of each year can be credited to the prisoner's sentence, if the prisoner has complied with the prison's disciplinary regulations.
In a recent case, Barber v. Thomas, the Supreme Court stated that the BOP's method for calculating good-time credit is lawful.
- 18 U. S. C. § 3624(b): Credit Toward Service of Sentence for Satisfactory Behavior
- FAMM: Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Good Time Credit
- Prison Sentence Calculator
- Prison Incentives and Management: Clarify Good Time Credit Calculations
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