Law and Crime

Families Baffled by Prison Release Dates

Aug 12, 2016
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Virginia does not offer parole to people in its prisons, but it does have something called “good time,” -- a certain number of days subtracted from a sentence for each 30 days of good behavior behind bars.  That may sound simple, but every day people call to complain that their calculations don’t match those of the Virginia Department of Corrections.  Sandy Hausman reports:

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Associated Press

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