Good Time Credit Updates (Title I, Section 102)

“Good time credit” results in real time being deducted from an inmate’s sentence and is gained by maintaining good behavior during incarceration. See 18 U.S.C. §3624(b). All incarcerated individuals, other than those serving life sentences, are eligible for good time credit.

Prior to the First Step Act, the BOP calculated good time credit so that inmates received up to 47 days off their sentence per year for good conduct. The First Step Act increased the credit to up to 54 days per year of the sentence imposed.  This increase in good time credit is retroactive.  Although it was expected to go into effect immediately after the First Step Act was signed into law, the increase in good time credit only became effective when the BOP released its risk and needs assessment tool on July 19, 2019.  See Bottinelli v. Salazar, 929 F.3d 1196 (9th Cir. 2019).

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