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Governor signs bill on sentence reduction bonuses for some inmates

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Thursday signed into law House Bill 463, which establishes that convicts who are enjoying the benefits granted by the Parole Board (JLBP by its Spanish initials) have the right to receive the bonuses established for good behavior, work and study, among other criteria, and thus complete their sentence faster.

“As a government we must seek a restorative approach in our correctional population,” the governor said in a written statement. “We have to provide the necessary tools so that the rehabilitation process is comprehensive and allows the inmates to contribute productively to society once they are fully reinserted into the free community.”

After the signing of the law, the bonuses will be computed from the time of admission to the prison institution or from the time an inmate is granted parole. They may be granted for up to a maximum of five days for each month in which the member of the correctional population or individual released by the JLBP is employed or studies either in the free community or in the penal institution where he or she is serving his or her sentence during the first year of imprisonment. For each subsequent year, bonuses can be paid up to seven days per month. In the event that the provision of work or services was in agricultural work, monthly bonuses may be granted for no more than seven days during the first year of compliance with the sentence and subsequently up to a maximum of 10 days per month.

The sentence reductions will not apply to people convicted of sexual misconduct including child sexual abuse, pornography and human trafficking.

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