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Good Behavior

Interview with Marco, Juan and Emilio

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.
Emilio: Misdemeanors get out after 50% of their time felonies after 87%. You can also earn 5 good days per month working in the jail as well as 5 good days for completion of certain classes/groups. keep in mind you do not have to serve your suspended time unless you get back in trouble after release. Some sentences are "mandatory" time meaning you have to serve all of those days and you can only use good time on days after. I.e. 80 days for a DUI that you blew .18 20 days mandatory so you serve 20 then on the remaining 60 you work 1 month and get good misdemeanor time so you serve 25 more days or 45 on an 80 day sentence.

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.
Emilio: Don't know for sure about this. I don't believe there is a maximum for misdemeanors.

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.
Emilio: Just avoid trouble no fighting or contraband. Most people get some type of program or work time and everyone gets good misdemeanor/felony time in the jail.

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