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Interview with Jerry and Pat

JM: Did you get off early based on good behavior?
Jerry: Almost every single inmate here gets three days early release. They have many programs for alternative sentencing. Almost all inmates fight non violent, non serious, non sex crimes are eligible for various programs like work release, work furlough, GPS monitoring and so fourth. I never seen so many people get out early or on alternative methods after being sentenced here. They are on top of seeing who is eligible for early release. Because this is a jail which houses INS inmates or inmates for the federal government, they love to free up bed space so that the illegal immigrants and fill in. This is a plus for American citizens arrested for petty crimes.
Pat: No no good behaviour but if you had a job while you were doing your time they would take days off for that.

JM: What is the most time off you can receive for good behavior?
Jerry: This is a very tough question. Now that AB 109 is in effect, county jails have authority to release anyone after a judge has sentenced them. In theory, an inmate serving one year can be released just weeks into their sentence after a judge has sentenced them. As the guards say, "you are our property after sentencing".
Pat: I am not sure I never recieved any time off for good behaviour.

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?
Jerry: Minor infractions never add time to a sentence. These kinds of infractions include having your shirt off or not making your bed. After a warning, this can turn into a major infraction which could possibly add time to a sentence. Usually they will just not give you the three day early release and make you do the full sentence but the bottom line is they want you out to make space for more.
Pat: I kept to myself but I did see a girl who violated her parole for attacking a couple inmates and she recieved more time for disiplinary write-ups.

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