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Budget Proposal May Recommend Increasing Annual Good Time Credits January 28, 2011

Posted by FairSentencing in : Current News , trackback

For years FAMM has fought in the courts and in Congress to increase the “good time” credit given to federal prisoners each year. Now we hear that President Obama’s budget proposal may recommend increasing annual good time credits from 47 to 54 days as we have urged!  A new Wall Street Journal article on federal budget cuts mentioned the reform as one of a number of budget cutting ideas being considered.
The Wall Street Journal article says the good time fix could result in the release of 4,000 people right away, which would be fantastic but is merely a rumor at this point.  Of course, if the proposal to increase good time credit is included in the President’s budget proposal we will fight like crazy to insure that it is enacted and made retroactive.

But let’s not put the cart before the horse.  First, it’s just a possible proposal, which may turn into a bill, which may make it through Congress, which may allow for retroactive application.  And, all of this will take time.  But it’s exciting because, if it’s true, it’s the first time the President will have asked for an increase to good time!



1. W Julian - June 20, 2011

I truly hope they decide that measure 11 crimes deserve good time too.

2. d davis - July 24, 2011

if they pass the measure do we know if it will be 15% or 30% good time?