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IDOC Good Time Early Release: The Numbers Game

The best Illinois criminal defense attorneys know how to use the IDOC good time rules for early release to help clients avoid a long prison sentence. Call us at (312) 466-9466 to discuss your case.

When is 10 years less than 9 years? When you are dealing with Illinois law covering good time credit.

Take a hypothetical criminal defense client who is charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver more than 100 grams of heroin. This charged is nicknamed a "Super X" because it carries a sentencing range of 9 to 40 years, while most Class X felonies carry a range of 6 to 30 years.

In handling this case, our criminal defense law firm might negotiate with the prosecution and agree to 10 years to a reduced charge, rather than 9 years to the more serious charge.


Because under 730 ILCS 5/3-6-3, a Super X conviction limits a defendant to 7.5 days of good time credit per month. A standard Class X offense conviction results in day for day good time.

Assuming our client behaves, he will only serve 5 years of the 10-year sentence. Had he pled guilty to the offer of 9 years in prison for the "Super X" drug offense, he would have served 7 and 1/2 years.

It is always important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the sentencing statutes. You don't want to discover negative good time rules when you are given your out-date in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).




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