What is the Good Time Bill?
The Good Time Bill is an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and its associated costs by providing incentives for inmates to work towards reduced sentences. The ability to work towards reduced time would be available to all federal prisoners except the ones serving life sentences.
The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 virtually abolished federal parole. Currently, people incarcerated in federal prison who were sentenced after the 1984 Act must serve the vast majority of their sentence no matter what, as the good-time credit they receive counts for very little. Today's federal prisoners are eligible to earn a maximum of 47 days per year of their sentence for early release by abiding by prison rules and regulations.1
The Good Time Bill would increase the number of days a prisoner could earn towards early release to 60-120 per year, depending on the length of the sentence. For every day that each person serves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the correctional facility and US law, each person incarcerated in the federal system would earn a number of days back each month, along the following scale:
If the sentence is 6 months to one year -- 5 days per month
If the sentence is more than one year, up to 3 years -- 6 days per month
If the sentence is more than 3 years, up to 5 years -- 7 days per month
If the sentence is more than 5 years, up to 10 years -- 8 days per month
If the sentence is more than 10 years -- 10 days per month
An increased incentive for good behavior through a path toward early release will make prisons safer for prisoners and staff, while also helping to reduce the enormous strain of prison overcrowding on US taxpayers.
Why America needs the Good Time Bill NOW
Federal prisons are dangerously and expensively overcrowded.
The cost of federal prison overcrowding impacts all Americans. The sky-rocketing costs are heaped on the American tax payer.
People are growing old behind bars at our expense and their absence is felt in communities across the country.
The current situation is not fair and it’s time for a change.