Enact the Federal Prisoner Good Conduct Time Act
  • Petitioned U.S. Congress

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Enact the Federal Prisoner Good Conduct Time Act

    1. Brandon Sample
    2. Petition by

      Brandon Sample

      Waxahachie, TX

Federal prisoners are currently eligible to earn a modest 47 days of good conduct time for each year they were sentenced to. But hold on! THIS IS NOT WHAT CONGRESS WANTED. When the current federal good time statute was enacted, Congress thought that federal prisoners would receive 54 days of good conduct time for each year they were sentenced to. The Federal Bureau of Prisons decided--on its own--to narrowly interpret the good time statute to limit good time to 47 days.

The Federal Prison Good Conduct Time Act, a legislative proposal supported by the U.S. Justice Department, would conform the federal good time statute with Congress' true intentions, giving federal prisoners an extra seven days of good time each year. In addition, this change would apply retroactively to all federal prisoners still in custody.

We waste billions of dollars a year on incarceration as it is. Estimates suggest that the Federal Bureau of Prisons would save tens of millions of dollars a year if this simple legislative fix were enacted. Combine that with the unnecessary human cost associated with over incarceration, passing this legislation is a no-brainer.

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    • Alicia Rodriquez SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Please increase the good time amount

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    • Barry MIller HARRISONBURG, VA
      • 10 months ago

      My son is currently in federal prison Low serving a 10 year sentence. Aprime example of ridiculous mandatory sentencing. He has been repeatedly evaluated and termed a low risk before he was sentenced. This is clearly a waste of resources both the prison system and his life. He went in at the age of 24. the point has been made. He's been in 18 months chewing up tax dollars when he could be out as a tax payer. When you are repeatedly classed as low risk low threat this just doesn't make sense.

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    • Kelli English THOMASTON, GA
      • 12 months ago

      My Fiance is currently doing a 7 year bid on a non-violent crime.

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    • VICKIE TTHORNTON VANCLEAVE, MS
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe that everyone deserves a chance. being taken away from your family isnt fair to the children they have, i have 7 grandchildren that are suffering just as bad as there dads are my only 2 sons are in a federal prisons system in differnt states, and first time being in trouble, i know what they did was wrong and so do they the were raised in a christen home, and swayed aways from the vaules of life and God, i pray daily for the safety and for the reture home. everyone makes mistakes in life, who are we to judge, just hopeing this bill goes thur and some time be taken off.

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    • Jonathan Trevino MCALLEN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Everyone deserves a second chance.

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