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Good Conduct Time

 
 

How much good conduct time is available?

If an inmate has earned or has made satisfactory progress toward earning a GED or high school diploma, he can receive a maximum of 54 days good time credit on each year served. Good conduct time is appropriate in sentences exceeding one year. Note, a sentence of 1 year and 1 day would earn a maximum of 47 days good time credit.
See http://www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/sentence_computations.jsp and click on PS5880.28, page 1-47. If the inmate has not earned or has not made satisfactory progress toward earning a GED or high school diploma, he can receive a maximum of just 42 days good time credit on each year served. For additional information see the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website at http://www.bop.gov/DataSource/execute/dsPolicyLoc, browse the 5000 Series, and look up Good Conduct Time at Section 5884.03.

What prevents an inmate from getting good conduct time?

Before the vested date (the date when good time is credited), an inmate’s good conduct time can easily be reduced. If an inmate gets into some kind of trouble anytime before the vested date, the credit the inmate is earning for that year is in jeopardy. An inmate’s good conduct time can be reduced for infractions.

After the vested date, when an inmate’s good time has already been credited to him, the BOP can take that good time away in only two situations--for good cause (e.g., riot, food strike, work stoppage, etc.) or misconduct during the year for which the good time was credited to him and the BOP learns about the misconduct only after it already granted the good time credit.

An inmate with a sentence not exceeding one year is ineligible for good time credit. An incident for misconduct (e.g., insolence, assault, refusing an order, being unsanitary, making threats, etc.) may result in loss of good conduct time. The loss depends upon the severity of the incident and is handled on a case-by-case basis. The number of days lost also varies.