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Good Behavior

Interview with Tom, Frank and Ashlee

JM: Did you get off early based on good behavior?
Tom: All jails and prison have some system of earning good behavior credits unless you are a lifer or serving a mandatory minimum like with the strike law. Myself I got about a year off of my sentence for good behavior credits earned.
Frank: Yes I did. Served 8 out of 12 months.
Ashlee: No. I don't think that is a reward in jail. But the only time you get compensated for days is if you work in the jail. You could work in the kitchen of laundry room, and then you would get a 3 day kick. Which is you would get out 3 days early.

JM: What is the most time off you can receive for good behavior?
Tom: In Sutter County it would be for every 2 days served you can get one day off. If you were to get a year in the county you can get out in as soon as 8 months. Sutter County also has a program where you are able to buy some days off of your sentence for certain types of offenses. I had never seen this before. Borders on bribery to me but.....
Frank: The laws were changing right when I went in. Now it is 1 day off for every 1 day served. (1/2 time). Though when I went I received 3/4 time.
Ashlee: None. I mean seriously if you look at the situation, you are bad so you go to jail and now that you are in you want to be good to get out. But the officers know who are the good inmates from the trouble ones or brown nose ones. Inmates knew I am not jail material.

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?
Tom: No write ups and the ability to get along with all the cops. There is a write up waiting for you for almost anything you can think of so you would just have to be real careful in all that you do as well as get along with the cops. If the cops take a disliking to you there are gonna be really rough days ahead.
Frank: Pretty much don't do anymore crimes and follow the little handbook you get when you are booked in, and you will get good time. Don't be a jerk to cops. I witnessed a couple people who got 3 extra days for getting caught smoking, but that still isn't too bad in the long run.
Ashlee: No such thing at this jail. I have never heard of any inmate getting time off for good behavior. You have no choice but to be good otherwise they can extend your time longer.

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