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Old 02-24-2020, 02:22 AM
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Default Have any inmates started to get the First Step Act's Earned Time Credit?

There was a new Department of Justice announcement last weekend:

As of Jan. 15, 2020, inmates will be assigned to participate in evidence-based recidivism reduction programs and productive activities based on an initial needs assessment conducted by BOP. Participation and completion of those assigned programs and activities can lead to placement in pre-release custody or a 12-month sentence reduction under the First Step Act. A list of these programs will be published on the BOP’s website

Has anyone heard about any of these programs yet? Curious for more details as the language in the First Step Act is pretty vague. I'm wondering, for example, if the programs can be done every day (they offer up to a 50% credit, so if you participated every day theoretically you could earn half your served time in a halfway house).
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According to the First Step Act https://www.justice.gov/file/1246146/download and the following exerpt it states that they earn 10 days for every 30. If you take a 12 month period the inmate would earn 120 days.



Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)First Step Act – R esidential Reentry Center (RRC) Expansion: $244.5 million and 0 positions The FSA requires the BOP to have pre-release custody available for eligible inmates. At the same time, the FSA greatly expands inmate eligibility for pre-release custody, by allowing any eligible inmate to earn 10 days of pre-release custody time credits for every 30 days of successful participation in an evidence-based recidivism-reduction program or productive activity. Pre-release custody usually occurs in an RRC, commonly called a halfway house. The BOP’s goal is to increase the average inmate stay at RRCs to 180 days, which is in line with accepted best practices. The BOP is currently under contract for about 14,000 RRC beds, and funding provided in FY 2020 will add 300 more. The FY 2021 request supports an additional 8,700 beds, bringing the total to 23,000 RRC beds – a level that is expected to meet pre-release demand. On January 1, 2020, 10,197 BOP inmates were housed in RRCs.
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According to the First Step Act and the following exerpt it states that they earn 10 days for every 30. If you take a 12 month period the inmate would earn 120 days.



Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)First Step Act – R esidential Reentry Center (RRC) Expansion: $244.5 million and 0 positions The FSA requires the BOP to have pre-release custody available for eligible inmates. At the same time, the FSA greatly expands inmate eligibility for pre-release custody, by allowing any eligible inmate to earn 10 days of pre-release custody time credits for every 30 days of successful participation in an evidence-based recidivism-reduction program or productive activity. Pre-release custody usually occurs in an RRC, commonly called a halfway house. The BOP’s goal is to increase the average inmate stay at RRCs to 180 days, which is in line with accepted best practices. The BOP is currently under contract for about 14,000 RRC beds, and funding provided in FY 2020 will add 300 more. The FY 2021 request supports an additional 8,700 beds, bringing the total to 23,000 RRC beds – a level that is expected to meet pre-release demand. On January 1, 2020, 10,197 BOP inmates were housed in RRCs.

I can't post links because I'm too new, but if you google "15 days" "First Step", several sources refer to the fact that minimum risk prisoners can earn up to 15 days of credit for every 30 days of participation. 10 days of credit per 30 is apparently for medium to high risk prisoners.
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Any word on if these Earned Time Credits have been put into place yet?
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Most of the programs are partial days, and bop's EBBR list of qualified programs list hours, as opposed to days, of earned time credit.

https://www.bop.gov/inmates/fsa/docs...n_programs.pdf
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