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A friend of mine in prison has asked me to find out about a

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A friend of mine in prison has asked me to find out about a new law that would reduce the time (?) from 85% to 65%. Do you know what he is asking?

Unfortunately, this is one of those urban legends among Florida inmates that the prison population has been hoping for for a long while, but which isn't really any closer to reality.

Florida's Department of Corrections website confirms that a Florida inmate can expect to serve a minimum of 85% of his sentence before being released. If you scroll down the page towards the bottom, Corrections takes on this rumor specifically:

"What's this about a 65% of sentence served law?

Though this rumor has persisted for years, there has never been a law requiring inmates to serve only 65% of their sentences, though periodically bills to this effect are proposed to the Legislature. Effective October 1, 1995, section 944.275, Florida Statutes was amended and provides that a sentence imposed for an offense on or after October 1, 1995 cannot end, terminate or expire prior to the offender having satisfied 85% of the term imposed. In addition, the statute provides that the offender may earn monthly awards of incentive gain-time up to 10 days per month. However, when the inmate's tentative release date becomes equivalent to the 85% minimum service date, the inmate is prohibited from earning further gain-time award"

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