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The short answer is probably "no". There are certain circumstances and situations where an inmate can receive a reduction in their sentence. However, these are very rare and in most of these cases will require your inmate providing substantial assistance to the government where they would be able to use this information to prosecute and sentence another party. An inmate with a two year sentence should not consider this avenue on a number of fronts. Most inmates service about 85%Read more
The criminal justice system does not make significant allowances for "first time offenders" There is a chart that is set up like a grid where the sentencing guidelines are an actual point system. Points given to the various aspects of the conviction. Once the points are added up, the judge is give a range to determine the sentence. Another element to sentencing is the Pre-Sentence Report (PSR) that is compiled and written by the Pre-Sentence Investigator (PSI), This report compilesRead more
This is too complicated for us to give you an accurate answer. There is something called a Judgement and Commitment Order that is written by the judge. It is in that document that will let your inmate know what the sentence will be. Most state systems require that 80-85% of the sentence be served. We don't know if the "half time" means that the original sentence is cut in half and then the mandatory time served or if that isRead more
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It depends on where they are doing time, what their charges and criminal history are. The federal system has a program called RDAP that can reduce a sentence by twelve months. Some state systems have reductions for work credits. All places have good time credits for inmates that have no incident reports.Read more
The new law is for federal inmates only. It pertains to the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that have been changed retroactively by the US Sentencing Commission. There may be some trickle-down effect to the state level as each is looking at own mandatory minimums and the money it would save lightening the prison population. If anything does happen, it will happen first for the non-violent offenders. Recalculation is rarely if ever done.Read more
InmateAid is plugged into the latest news regarding changing laws, especially for sentencing issues. Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States made a speech last week that might affect the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for non-violent first-time drug offenders. It does not appear to be specific for any jurisdiction except for "federal cases".Read more
We are not lawyers but this does not appear to be a case where he could see a reduction except for good time credits for not getting into any more trouble while doing the six months. Keep in contact with him and keep him occupied with things to read like letters from you, books, magazines and newspapers.Read more
Sentence reduction comes from good behavior time credit, residential drug program (federal) or cooperation with the government. If you are cooperating you can get the credit before or during your sentence - there is no prerequisite of time served.Read more
Inmates are nosy and will try to find out anything they can to exploit other inmates. Predatory inmates look for weaknesses in other inmates, especially new ones. DO NOT offer any information about your case and NEVER let another inmate know you co-operated, being called a snitch is the worst thing an inmate can be labeled; and yes it is dangerous to do so.Read more