time off for good behavior

*time off for good behavior

 
1. Lit. a reduction in one's prison sentence because of good behavior. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bob will get out of jail tomorrow rather than next week. He got time off for good behavior.
2. Fig. a shortened time period—such a meeting, period of punishment, school class, etc. (Jocular. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) They let me out of the meeting early. They said I got time off for good behavior.
See also: behavior, good, off, time
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He could leave prison in about 14 months, with time off for good behavior.
Individuals who are sentenced to more than one year in federal prison are eligible for time off for good behavior.
Murray, who had injected the 'Thriller' hitmaker with powerful sedatives, had been jailed for four years, but will be getting time off for good behavior, and to ease overcrowding.
Once out of jail, after having served three months with time off for good behavior (he tutored other inmates), King tried to revive his football career, "but I realized my passion had flipped from football to the law.
jailed, allowed a period of recreation, time off for good behavior,
Going into a mental hospital in 1950 was a life sentence without time off for good behavior," Hoffer recalled.
With the system of fixed sentences determined by judges the Commissioners felt bound to meet community expectations that the declared sentence, with time off for good behavior, be served.
The judge first sentenced Taubman to one year in jail, but then agreed to a defence request to add another day to make the former chairman eligible for time off for good behavior.
With time off for good behavior, he'll probably be released in 2003, according to his attorney.
In 1979, the state adopted determinate sentencing, in which those found insane receive hospital commitments equal to the maximum prison terms for their offense, but with no time off for good behavior.
But the sentence also carries a mandatory term: three years without parole or time off for good behavior.
But because he already has served 13 months in the Lane County Jail since his arrest and because he would likely qualify for time off for good behavior, Snow probably would not have gone to prison and instead would have been sent to a "halfway" or recovery house for six months and then released.
Aa The couples, including two US citizens and their Egyptian-born spouses, have been in jail for the duration of the trial and faced roughly nine more months in jail after time off for good behavior and time served, one of their lawyers said.
Even with time off for good behavior and the eagerness of the parole board to make room for new convicts, the stepfather will probably remain in prison until April is 18 and, I hope, can protect herself.