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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Burge was sentenced to 4.5 years for lying under oath about police torture, but he got time off for good behavior. He was released in 2015 from a halfway house near his home in the Tampa area.
He reported in January 2010, and his official release date, with time off for good behavior, is April 20, but federal inmates are often eased back into society through a halfway house like City of Faith in Little Rock.
He could leave prison in about 14 months, with time off for good behavior. The judge did order mental health treatment in prison and three years of supervised release.
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."
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"Going into a mental hospital in 1950 was a life sentence without time off for good behavior," Hoffer recalled.
While they commended the fact that parole allowed them to correct "inequities of punishment," the Commission felt that they needed greater flexibility to "correct wide variations in sentencing by judges." 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. Prosecutors had argued Taubman should be given the maximum sentence of three years in a case replete with accusations of deceit and shady deals between the two auction houses that together control about 90 per cent of the world's live auctions of art, jewelry and furniture.
Might I suggest a few: a compliment, a thank you, a pat on the back, someone to run all our copies for us, someone to grade our papers, more than a half hour for lunch, a personal secretary, time off for good behavior ...
He will serve the full jail sentence with no time off for good behavior, pay a $1,000 fine, serve two years' probation and avoid contact with McConnell and the victim's family.
Leonard, who in July pleaded guilty to a massive tax fraud scheme, was sentenced last month to four years, four months in a federal prison There is no parole, but there could be time off for good behavior.