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Subject: Sentence reduction

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".

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Subject: Sentence reduction

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.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

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.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

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.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

Good time is normally calculated into the release date. An inmate can only have good time taken away and therefore add time to the release date. In state prison, there are some programs where working harder labor, like long kitchen detail hours give more good time. Have your inmate ask his counselor or unit manager about programs that exist which might carve off some more time.

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Subject: Sentence reduction

The state systems vary by each state, most states offer a program for "good time" reduction for good behavior and for taking approved courses. Some state prisons even have a special matching of good time credits for number of days an inmate works in the kitchen. The federal good time is about 15% of sentence. States range good time credit from as much as 67% (do only a 1/3 of your sentence) to the same 15% that they have at

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Subject: Sentence reduction

The Second Chance Act was passed by Congress in 2010 but the Bureau of Prisons has been slow to implement the law. The caveat in the law allows the BOP to use the statute "to their best discretion." Typically that means less being done than more. We have the actual statute on the site. CLICK HERE to download the 2nd Chance Act PDF

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