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How is credit for time served and good time in jail applied against a prison sentence?

If you get 8 years for a crime and you did 16 months already in the county jail, how is the sentence affected (including any impact on the "good time" reduction which is capped at 33 percent ...
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Are prisoners who are doing time allowed to act as a lawyer, or to practise law in any capacity?

I was watching the TV series The Rookie and in season 3 episode 8, an inmate called Oscar Hutchinson is allowed out of prison under supervision to help with a case. The suspect is his daughter, ...
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Student in Paralegal Studies working for a pro se legal in NC? [closed]

Student in Paralegal Studies as of 10/23/2023. Could I send legal information, documentation, case laws to someone that is Pro Se in prison?
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Can felons vote?

I am not familiar with USA laws, but I saw that Maine and Vermont are the only states where felons never lose their right to vote. Is this true? Does that include all elections (I.e., local, state, ...
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How many indictments before imprisonment? [closed]

Donald Trump, ex-president of U.S.A., has many indictments on him, but yet he is still roaming as a free citizen. Questions: How many indictments does it take for Donald Trump to be imprisoned? Can ...
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What does it take to be sentenced to a medium-security prison (US)?

It is a trope that when powerful/rich people are sentenced, they are sent to cushy, low-security prisons (think The Wolf of Wall Street). However, in my book, I'd like a certain character to be sent ...
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Why do Pride flags fly over British police stations, prisons and other government buildings?

Insofar as this question may have a legal answer, by what provisions or instruments are they flown or allowed to be flown? Who would have the power to decide what flags are flown over such ...
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Countries where re-sentencing is not allowed?

Are there any countries, where currently, a sentence cannot be appealed by the prosecution's side for being unduly lenient? For example, someone is given a year suspended sentence for burglary, and ...
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What's the minimum time that an indeterminate life sentence (e.g., "25 years to life") may have in the US?

For example, sentences of "15 years to life," "25 years to life," or "life with mercy" are called "indeterminate life sentences" (Wikipedia) What's the minimum ...
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What is the shortest prison sentence ever given in the US?

What is the shortest recorded prison or jail sentence in US history?
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Are non-contact visitations at max-security federal prisons sometimes supervised? (US)

Not sure if this answer as posed in the title is sufficiently about law to be on-topic. If so, my question defers to the more legal alternative: Is it legal for a federal prison to supervise the non-...
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idea behind crime punishment

What is the idea behind putting people who commited a crime into prison? What such a state does is an act, that if a person does to a different person, it is called limiting someone's freedom, which ...
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Are Wayne Couzens's and Julian Assange's food offerings the same as that one would receive in a custody suite if they were arrested?

They are long term prisoners in Belmarsh maximum security prison. Are the regulations governing food offerings for UK detainees the same regardless of the legal context of their detention?
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How much time do I have if I want to sue a county for sending me to prison accidentally California U.S.A

I was sentenced to 16 months county time non violent offender but my paperwork was supposedly lost and ended up with the prison commits and I was sent to prison. Two weeks before my release date my ...
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Housing benefit and tenant in prison

Presume that Alice rents out property in the UK, and the tenant Bob claims housing benefit, which gets paid directly to Alice's bank account by the government. Now Bob has recently been sentenced to 2 ...
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How long have prisons (in the USA?) had this "open" concept?

I remember this American TV show called "Oz". It was (or so I thought) about this fictional, experimental new kind of prison where basically the inmates live together and have large open ...
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Will tax evasion/fraud cause a jail in US?

Suppose that someone bought a used car from a private party for cash (under $10,000) in California, and the seller wrote it was a gift, so that the buyer gets a new title without paying the tax. Then ...
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The right of self-represented detainee/prisoner to do legal research

Bob is arrested awaiting bail or trial (or imprisoned after conviction) but is adamant to represent himself vs get a lawyer. (I agree that practically/tactically this will often be the wrong call even ...
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Is there such a thing as minimum wages or labor rights for prisoners in the United States?

Is there such a thing as minimum wages or labor rights for prisoners? I know that slavery is legal in the United States if it involves prisoners, but I am wondering if there are certain rights ...
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Moving detained person(non-civilian) in Non-international armed conflict (NIACs)

An example: some English guys converted to Islam and fought against the UK in Iraq in favor of ISIS. How were they moved to the UK? bellow I wrote my idea, am I right? I need a legal basis for it. I ...
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Has anyone been imprisoned for noncommercial copyright infringement under US law?

Has anyone who was not making money on copyright infringement been imprisoned for copyright infringement under US law?
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Can you opt to take your case at a standard prison adjudication to crown court?

Can you yourself opt to take your case at a standard prison adjudication to crown court, if you feel it is a very serious case and/or the Governor does not have enough knowledge in law to judge it as ...
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Can someone sell the property (both jointly and separately owned) property of their imprisoned spouse?

I am serving a 5-year prison sentence. While incarcerated, my wife of 5 years is selling my belongings such as my cars, trucks, campers, dogs, tools, motorcycles, clothes, etc. Some property is titled ...
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Would a prisoner be allowed to practice law and represent other inmates in court?

Would a prisoner be allowed to practice law and represent other inmates in court, and shown in For Life (2020)? According to the story, when he got to prison, he went to work for the paralegal ...
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How negligent does a prison have to be before becoming liable for harm to a prisoner?

This question is prompted by this news story: A hastily executed transfer of nearly 200 people in California’s prison system set off a public health disaster that endangered the lives of thousands of ...
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Can I let myself out of a prison if I buy the prison?

Let's say I'm convicted of a felony and sent to state prison. Then, I buy the prison. Can I just let myself out?
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How much must a prison inmate protest against the incorrect actions of prison officials that erroneously benefit the inmate?

Based (loosely) on a recent event here in Ontario: https://www.thespec.com/news/crime/2020/08/18/do-not-approach-milton-prisoner-released-by-mistake-into-community.html Sam has been correctly ...
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Has a prisoner ever been sentenced to death for murder (or other actions) while incarcerated?

This is inspired by discussions around the game Prison Architect. A lot of players find themselves frustrated with certain prisoners and wanting to have them transferred to death row. Has this ever ...
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Can a fine incrue interest? Can a fine be/become unreasonable?

In the United States, there are certain situations where you must pay a fine that government in the United States puts upon someone. However, is it legal to impose a fine greater than what a person ...
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Why are college hacking treated differently then outside hacking?

I have notice that college hacking is often treated differently and with even shorter sentences if they are strictly modifying their on situation or posting security wholes. Numerous examples in the ...
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Federal prison and congressional testimony

Assume an individual has been convicted and sentenced for United States Federal crimes and is serving his sentence in the appropriate Federal prison. Then, he is subpoenaed to testify, under oath, ...
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Are civil ICE detainees unconstitutionally punished, if the conditions in ICE centers are more restrictive(punitive) than maximum security prison?

Jurisdiction: Texas Facts: Juan Martinez at 19 years of age pleaded guilty to distribution of undisclosed controlled substance in exchange for 5 years of probation.( Lets say violation of Texas ...
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Compensation for custody awaiting trial resulting in acquittal?

I was accused of a crime and held in custody for 8 months then acquitted at court, I missed the first 8 months of my only child's life, and lost both my job and my partner. Could I be entitled to ...
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If you are fifty years old, and you were sentenced to a hundred years in prison, what's the use of that when you will most likely die before then? [closed]

I read about a few sentencings where the judge had sentenced a criminal to a ridiculously long sentence. I read a news article a few years ago in which a judge said that this criminal would be ...
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Inmates and inheritances

Someone dies and an indigent prison inmate is one of the heirs. The state has a statute that allows (or may even require) recovery of prison-related expenses (medical or otherwise) when the prisoner ...
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Why don't prisoners go through rigorous life transforming training in prisons? [closed]

A prisoner can be forced to learn and train on what they are naturally/ philosophically opposed to. For instance, in general, prisoners can be taught army-style discipline training, and forced to ...
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What is the penalty for not complying with a quarantine order?

According to the CDC, in most US states, breaking a quarantine order is a criminal misdemeanor. If someone broke a quarantine order, what would be done? Since the person is still contagious, would ...
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What rights do inmates have during natural disasters?

The water level behind Oroville Dam, CA, recently went way up due to heavy rain, and the rarely used "emergency spillway" was used for the first time in the dam's 50+ year life. It sustained ...
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What is Hans Reiser's earliest release date?

This question is about Hans Reiser, a well known software developer who murdered his wife and is currently serving his prison term for that. His case has drawn significant media attention, mainly ...
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Is it possible to end up in prison due to failure to appear in court for a civil matter?

This is a question about the law in USA, and is regarding civil cases. This question is only regarding cases where a civilian, or a non-governmental organization, has sued another civilian. With this ...
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Is it commonly legal to permit life-sentenced mass murderers to procreate?

Swedish news reports that a convicted mass-murderer who is serving a life sentence has during his time in prison become a father of 3 or 4 new children. Is that a common practice? It surprises me ...
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Standards and obligations for care during incarceration

In order to tease out the nuances of this question I'm going to pose an extreme hypothetical: A very successful performer leads a lavish lifestyle. He only wears clothes of fine cashmere, his diet ...
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Is escaping prison a crime?

Is it actually illegal to escape from a prison or will it just have effect on increased sentence in practice? I heard something that in Sweden where I live it is not illegal to escape, but is that no ...
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If you escaped from prison for a crime you did not commit, would you still serve the increased sentence once exonerated?

For example: you were convicted of murder and escaped and were then sentenced to years on top of your original sentence, but you were later exonerated of the crime of murder; would you still have to ...
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