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Good Behavior

Interview with Freya, Jen and Cathy

JM: Did you get off early based on good behavior?
Freya: no--you had to be in for at lest 14 daysto earn good time.
Jen: Yes-did 4 out of 6 months.
Cathy: I was required to serve 90 days and I ended up serving 92 because the folks who put the electronic monitoring devices on don't work on weekends; I had to wait until Monday to be released. My "good time" came off the length of time I wore the "bracelet". I should have worn it for 9 months but had it off in 5.

JM: What is the most time off you can receive for good behavior?
Jen: 1/3 of your sentence. What they call "Good Time" is automatically given-meaning if you are sent up for a year they will put your release date as 8 months out. You have to screw up really bad in order to have to stay the whole length of the sentence.
Cathy: I think it's 1/3 of the sentence, but I'm not completely positive.

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?
Freya: Nothing specific--just obey the rules and "demonstrate acceptable institutional behavior and show meaningful participation in court-ordered programming." from Inmate Handbook.
Jen: Don't fight with anyone, don't have contraband (Just about everything that is not prison issue is considered contraband). Don't steal from other inmates, don't smuggle drugs in, don't make your own alcohol.
Cathy: Abide by all of the rules. No contraband, no drugs, alcohol, etc. No fighting, stealing, etc. During my time, I didn't witness anyone losing good time. You have to really mess up badly to lose good time!

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