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Subject: Sentence reduction

Inmates don’t usually serve the entire sentence handed down by a court. Most can and do have their time shortened by as much as a third. Of those released last year and eligible for that 33 percent time off, more than 59 percent received the full reduction. At least 29 states offer “good time” for following the rules, which is granted when the inmate reports (that is 15%).  And at least 31 states offer “earned time” for attending classes, treatment, work

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Yes, absolutely! You are credited for every day you are incarcerated against any imposed or pending sentence, no matter the location. If they arraign you, book you, and release you same day, that counts towards one day of incarceration.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Prop 57 releases must go through an application process and get approval. There are no "automatic releases" from Prop 57. The inmate must go to their counselor and ask if they are eligible. If they are eligible, the counselor knows the forms to submit. The process takes weeks.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

All inmates start with good time credits regardless of the sentence. It is a built-in incentive to behave. 

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Yes, diversion is offered in first-time misdemeanor cases all the time. The further up the "seriousness ladder", the least likely you are to get an easy way out. Diversion is often seen in low quanity marijuana possession where illegal and similar offenses.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Yes. But all of the programs have qualifications and restrictions. Where he is incarcerated and for what type of offense will narrow down what he might be eligible for. He should definitely visit his counselor and learn from the staff what he should be doing to effectively reduce his sentence or to at least know what's available

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Subject: Sentence reduction

If he is granted parole, the release comes pretty soon thereafter. Every case is a little different depending on where the parolee is going to live, work and what were the conditions of his release.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

There are no programs that will reduce his time except for RDAP (Residential Drug Abuse Program). RDAP is only available for federal inmates and you have to be approved almost before you go in, or at least prepare to apply to the program before you go in - having all of the proper language in your PSR (pre-sentence report).

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Unfortunately there is not much an inmate can do to get their sentenced shortened especially under a violent crime conviction, unless they are willing to share information with law enforcement that leads to the conviction of another person. Most inmates do not want to be known as a snitch but to get 3-5 years taken off the sentence, some think it is worth it.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Is this a state or federal sentence? Normally, there are no "early release programs" anywhere unless you are in a drug treatment program that offers time off for completion, or if you provide substantial assistance to law enforcement leading to the conviction of another criminal.

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