“Good Time Credit” for Federal Prisoners

The Problem: Federal prisoners currently can earn up to only 54 days off of their sentences each year if they follow prison rules and are well-behaved. This “good time credit” encourages and rewards rehabilitation and discourages rule-breaking in prisons. It also shortens sentences and saves taxpayers money. Unfortunately, because of a mistake in the way the good time statute (18 U.S.C. § 3624(b)) was written, prisoners actually earn only 47 of the 54 days of good time credit for which the law says they are eligible. Only Congress can fix this small technical error. Allowing well-behaved federal prisoners to receive all 54 days of good time credit annually would save millions of dollars in prison costs.  

Solutions: Fix 18 U.S.C. § 3624(b) so that prisoners can earn all of the annual good time credit that the law permits.

Pending Bills in the 115th Congress:

NOTE: THESE BILLS ARE NOT LAW. FAMM does not know if or when a bill listed below may become a law. Every year, thousands of bills are introduced in Congress, but very few become law. To become a law, a bill must first be approved by the Judiciary Committee, passed by the full U.S. House of Representatives, the full U.S. Senate, and signed by the President. Keep checking here for updates on these bills’ progress.

H.R. 64, Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2017 (115th Congress)



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