The Second Chance Act of 2008

Federal Prison Early Release Program

How we help clients get the maximum amount of home detention and halfway house time possible!

 President Bush Signing Second Chance Act


The Second Chance Act, also known as Pub.L. 110-199 is a (BOP) Federal Bureau of Prisons “Early Release Program” put forth by the 110th Congress and signed into law by President George Bush in August 9, 2008 and can greatly reduce the amount of time an inmate is in federal prison.

In simple terms, the Second Chance Act allows the BOP to place an eligible Federal inmate into a Halfway House / Re-Entry Center, in a “Community Custody” status for up to 12 months at the end of their sentence instead of serving their time at an actual Federal Prison.

Under old federal law, inmates were only allowed to spend the last 10% of their federal sentence, not to exceed 6 months in a community custody phase.

Who is Not Eligible for Second Chance Act Early Release Consideration

Military inmates, immigration detainees, and those with outstanding detainers (warrants) from other jurisdictions. In order to be considered for the program, an inmate must be community custody eligible and not have any holds that would bar them from being placed in a halfway house. Inmates with disciplinary incident reports and BOP sanctions against them are generally denied consideration for any early release program including RDAP.

Many lies, rumors, and half-truths have been spread about the Second Chance Act since the day it passed. So were going to explain what the Second Chance Act is, and how Federal Inmates can take advantage of it to get released early on home confinement.

3 Kinds of Inmate Release Dates

After entering custody, the BOP awards inmates 54 days “Good Time” each year. Based on that, inmates have 3 kinds of release dates determining when they can be set free.

First, were going to explain the mechanics of Inmate Release Dates and how they’re determined, and how inmates who “Program” get a boost priority for SCA release eligibility. It’s important you understand how it all works.

Full Term Release Date

The Full Term release date is known by inmates as the “MR Date”. It’s the entire sentence, with NO GOOD-TIME and the Mandatory Release Date when the BOP absolutely MUST release an inmate from a custody status to supervised release if applicable.

Even if the inmate was a disciplinary problem, and lost good-time, they cannot be held 1 day longer.

Inmates released on their MR date are not required to go to a halfway house or to Home Confinement.

Good Conduct Release Date

The Good Conduct-Time release date also known to inmates as their “GCT Date” and is the date WITH GOOD-TIME  the BOP must release you.  An inmate is awarded by Congressional Law 15% or 54 days of Good Conduct Time per year.

Inmate’s getting in trouble or receiving disciplinary incident reports, can be subject to loss of Good-Time days.

Those scheduled for GCT releases normally report to Halfway Houses for their last 6 months of custody.

Home Confinement Date

The Home Confinement Date, formerly known as a pre-release date, is the date the BOP can legally send Community Custody inmates from a halfway house to Home Confinement. Inmates on Home Confinement can leave home each day and hold a job.

Inmates on Home Confinement have not been released and still legally in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.

Those violating BOP Policy are subject to loss of Good Time and being sent back to prison to finish their sentences.

 Inmate Educational Programing

When an inmate is assigned to a BOP Facility whether it be a USP, Low or Medium FCI, or a Minimum Security Camp, they are encouraged by their Unit Team which consists of a Correctional Counselor, Case Manager, and Unit Manger to take educational classes and “Program”! The BOP offers two types of Educational Programs.

While some programs are worthwhile and actually teach something useful, others are completely worthless and have no value in the free world. The important thing is they’re valued equally in determining if an inmate is programing.

 Worthwhile BOP Educational Programs

The BOP runs educational programs at its facilities in an attempt to teach inmates something that might be useful. Some vocational programs like Automotive Repair, HVAC Computer Literacy, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Carpentry and Plumbing, give inmates an opportunity to learn a trade they can use to gain employment upon release.



Worthless BOP Educational Programs

The BOP runs other educational programs such as jump roping, drawing, book reading, walking, and meditation, along with watching videos from the History Channel, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. While the videos themselves may be entertaining for history buffs, they have little practical value in an inmate obtaining employment upon release.