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Is there credit for good behavior in federal prison after a federal crime conviction? If so, how does it work?

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When someone is sentenced to do time after a federal conviction, there is no such thing as parole. The only early release is based on two factors. Number one, good behavior when you’re in custody. It’s also based on the charges. What happens is this. They review all your conduct while you’re in prison. They review the charges against you.

They review the presentence investigation that was prepared for the judge prior to your sentencing. Then you typically get 15% taken off your sentence and because there’s no parole, that’s all you’re going to get your sentence reduced by. You’ll typically serve 85% unless you’re able to go to a halfway house usually for the last six months of your sentence. That’s the way it works.

You need a good criminal defense attorney who understands how the federal criminal justice system works and how serving time really works to get you out as early as possible, to get you to a halfway house as quickly as possible. You’re dealing with a bureaucracy. It’s very difficult if you do it on your own or if you’re relying on your family to help you. We can help you. This is what we do.


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