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Good-time credit

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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.

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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.[1]

In a recent case,  Barber v. Thomas, the Supreme Court stated that the BOP's method for calculating good-time credit is lawful.


  1. http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/II/229/C/3624

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