DOJ Issues New Rules Allowing Inmates to Earn More “Time Credits” Towards Reducing Their Sentences

The Federal Docket

January 18, 2022

In significant news to sentencing reform advocates, the Department of Justice recently announced a new rule interpreting the First Step Act’s provision on “earned time credits,” which allow inmates to earn sentence reductions by completing certain programs. Under the new rule, eligible inmates can earn up to 10 days of “time credits” for every 30 days of “successful participation in evidence-based recidivism reduction programming or productive activities.” Certain inmates are not eligible, including sex offenders, deportable inmates, and inmates with convictions for violent crimes or under 924(c).

As announced by the Department of Justice, the BOP has already started the process of transferring eligible prisoners out of BOP facilities into halfway homes or home confinement.

Click here for a helpful “explainer’ by FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)

Click here to read the DOJ press release regarding the earned time credits rule.

Click here to read a list of the BOP’s programs that qualify an inmate for reduced time credits.

Click here to read the Federal Defender’s helpful chart for determining Earned Credits eligibility and other issues.

Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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