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Good Behavior

Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

JM: Did you get off early based on good behavior?
Ron: Yes. Served 8 months on a 1-year sentence.
Amber: No.
Debra: I didn't get off early for good behavior. I was in prison.

JM: What is the most time off you can receive for good behavior?
Ron: You get a day off for every two days served. If you have a 90-day sentence, for instance, you should only serve 60 days with good time. Inmates always create stories that they are going to increase good time to 1-for-1 but I think it's just a rumor that they believe because they want to.
Amber: Not sure.
Debra: I didn't get any time off.

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?
Ron: Good time is automatic and you really have to do something bad to get it taken away. The jail wants you out to make room for somebody else (although less so in Utah County since you do have to pay the jail back for each day you stay there).
Amber: I guess if you are in general population not fighting with other prisoners and stuff.
Debra: No fights, no write ups. Yes, I did. Two of the guards took off the girls time because she stuck up for herself to them. She put her in the hole and she lost her time.

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