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Old 10-08-2008, 05:26 PM
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I am wanting to know if there is a way for a non-violent offender that has
never been in jail or had a speeding ticket. He is in a Federal Prison Camp
for conspiracy to insurance fraud. Can he get out early for good behavior or does he have to do his whole 12 months? Please let me know if anyone has the answer.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:09 AM
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I am fairly new to this scene (recently indicted for tax issues), so I am not an expert - but will share what I have learned so far. My understanding is that the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are fixed in this respect. Any sentence of 12 months or less means that all the time must be served. With anything more than 12 months you can get approximately 15% of the time off for good behavior.

Unfortunately, it sounds like he will have to do the full 12 months. A sentence of 12 months and 1 day (which judges sometimes do) would have given him the possibility of the 15% time off for good behavior.

It is possible; however, that sometime before the 12 month term is up, he may be transferred to a Halfway House (often abbreviated as HWH here on the site). If he goes to a halfway house, visitation should be easier. He might even be able to get weekend passes to go home (though this is not very common).

Since he is in the Federal System, you should spend some time looking in the Federal section of the forums. The rules are different for Federal and State sentencing - so don't waste your time looking in the wrong places.

Good luck!

PS - If others with more knowledge/experience can add to this, verify this, or correct me... please do.
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