Louisiana bill to reduce good time for prisoners passes, goes to governor

Louisiana bill to reduce good time for prisoners passes, goes to governor
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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A bill passed in the Louisiana Legislature reduces the amount of time that can be shaved off of someone’s sentence for good behavior. It goes to Gov. Jeff Landry for his signature.

House Bill 10, authored by State Rep. Debbie Villio, R-Kenner, would provide for the automatic earning of good time credits by offenders for good behavior and the elimination of earned compliance credits while on probation or parole.

Good time reduced total time served as a reward for positive behavior while in jail or prison. The bill changes how good time is credited for anyone who commits a crime on or after Aug. 1, 2024.

Up to 15% of a sentence could be reduced for many prisoners. Sex offenders or anyone classified as a habitual offender is not eligible.

HB10 also would provide for the earning of additional credit to reduce a sentence through participation and completion of specific programs while in jail.

The secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections is supposed to oversee the good time process and have sole charge over sentences being reduced as a reward.

The current state law allows offenders “13 days of credit/time served for every seven days of good behavior for those convicted of non-violent offenses.”

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