"Good Time" Law Changes

In a step toward “truth-in-sentencing”, the Alabama sentencing commission could propose changing the law that grants "good time" credits to state prisoners.

Under the Good Time law passed in 1980, good inmates earn up to 75 days off their sentences for each month they display appropriate behavior.

Under the proposed change, a judge would sentence inmates until a particular date and they would have to serve at least that much time.

If they broke the rules in prison, extra time would be added to their sentences.

“Good Time law is the worse thing to happen to Alabama people who do the crime need to do the time,” said Shelly Linderman of Victim's Right Advocate.

The sentencing commission is still gathering data on a proposal to replace the good time system.

Any bill that results would not go before the legislature until at least 2009.

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