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Getting along with other inmates
Time off for good behavior
Food and Commissary
JM: Did you get off early based on good behavior?
Marco: Yes. I was released after 3 months.
Juan: I was turned down for discretionary parole 10 times due to the "violent nature" of my offense (which is the VA parole board's rubber stamp reason for violent crime offenders). I was released on Mandatory parole in Nov. 2009.
JM: What is the most time off you can receive for good behavior?
Marco: I think for a misdemeanor its up to 75% off and for felony its up to 35% off
Juan: I earned 30 days good time for every 30 days I served, which was the maximum I could earn for staying of of trouble.
JM: What types of actions do you need to avoid in order to get time off? Did you ever witness somebody losing time off for good behavior?
Marco: No fighting, no violence, no issues at all.
Juan: I witnessed people losing good time all the time, usually for drug usage, stealing, and fighting. Basically, follow the rules and you'll earn time off your sentence just for staying out of trouble.
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