Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Educational Good Time Credits.


§ 24–221.01. Educational good time.

(a) Every person whose conduct complies with institutional rules and who demonstrates a desire for self-improvement by successfully participating in an academic or vocational program, including special education and Graduate Equivalency Diploma programs, shall earn educational good time credits of no less than 3 days a month and not more than 5 days a month.

(b) Educational good time credits authorized by the provisions of this section shall be applied to the person’s minimum term of imprisonment to determine the date of eligibility for release on parole and to the person’s maximum term of imprisonment to determine the date when release on parole becomes mandatory.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 3, 34 DCR 484; Dec. 10, 2009, D.C. Law 18-88, § 701, 56 DCR 7413.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-429.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 24-221.01c, § 24-231.08, and § 24-403.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-88, in subsec. (a), substituted “participating in” for “completing” and deleted the second sentence which had read as follows: “These credits shall not be awarded until completion of the academic or vocational program.”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3061 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).


§ 24–221.01a. Meritorious good time credit.

(a) In the discretion of the Director of the Department of Corrections, a prisoner may be allowed meritorious good time credit for performing exceptionally meritorious service or performing duties of outstanding importance in connection with institutional operations.

(b) Meritorious good time credits authorized by this section shall be applied to the person’s minimum term of imprisonment to determine the date of eligibility for release on parole and to the person’s maximum term of imprisonment to determine the date when release on parole becomes mandatory.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 3a; as added Aug. 20, 1994, D.C. Law 10-151, § 802(b), 41 DCR 2608.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-429.1.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 802(b) of the Omnibus Criminal Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-255, June 22, 1994, 41 DCR 4286).


§ 24–221.01b. Limitations.

Educational and meritorious good time credits shall not reduce the minimum sentence of any inmate convicted of a crime of violence as defined by § 22-4501, by more than 15%.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 3b; as added Aug. 20, 1994, D.C. Law 10-151, § 802(c), 41 DCR 2608.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-429.2.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of section, see § 802(c) of the Omnibus Criminal Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-255, June 22, 1994, 41 DCR 4286).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 402(a) of Public Safety Legislation Sixty-Day Layover Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-693, January 18, 2011, 58 DCR 640).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 402(a) of Public Safety Legislation Sixty-Day Layover Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-45, April 20, 2011, 58 DCR 3701).


§ 24–221.01c. Credits for good behavior, rehabilitation programs, work details, and special projects.

(a) A person sentenced for a misdemeanor whose conduct complies with institutional rules shall be eligible to receive good time credits of up to 3 credits per calendar month for good behavior, as prescribed by applicable rules.

(b) A person sentenced for a misdemeanor who demonstrates successful participation in one or more rehabilitation programs, work details, or special projects shall be eligible to receive good time credits of up to 3 credits per calendar month for each such program, detail, or project, as prescribed by applicable rules.

(c) No person shall receive more than 10 credits per calendar month under sections § 24-221.01 and this section combined.

(d) Good time credits shall be computed from the day on which a person is first incarcerated. In a case in which the person is later sentenced for a misdemeanor, the good time credits shall not be awarded until after a sentence is imposed.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 3c; as added May 17, 2011, D.C. Law 18-372, § 2(a), 58 DCR 7; June 30, 2016, D.C. Law 21-125, § 501, 63 DCR 4659.)


§ 24–221.02. Administration of good time credits.

(a)(1) The Mayor shall administer the award of good time credits.

(2) The Mayor shall promulgate proposed rules for granting, withholding, forfeiting, cancelling, and restoring good time credits.

(3) The proposed rules shall be submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia (“Council”) for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed rules, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.

(b) The Mayor shall establish an Institutional Appeals Board (“Board”) of 5 persons not employed by the Department of Corrections, to review the granting, withholding, forfeiture, cancellation, and restoration of good time credits. The Department shall provide staff support to the board. An inmate shall be entitled to appeal a decision to the board. The board shall review the record of the inmate and any additional materials submitted by the inmate or the Department. The decision of the board shall be final.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 4, 34 DCR 484; May 17, 2011, D.C. Law 18-372, § 2(b), 58 DCR 7.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-430.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 24-221.04.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-372, in subsec. (a), deleted “educational” preceding “good time”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 402(b) of Public Safety Legislation Sixty-Day Layover Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-693, January 18, 2011, 58 DCR 640).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 402(b) of Public Safety Legislation Sixty-Day Layover Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-45, April 20, 2011, 58 DCR 3701).


§ 24–221.03. Jail time; parole.

(a) Every person shall be given credit on the maximum and the minimum term of imprisonment for time spent in custody, or on parole in accordance with § 24-406, as a result of the offense for which the sentence was imposed. When entering the final order in any case, the court shall provide that the person be given credit for the time spent in custody, or on parole in accordance with § 24-406, as a result of the offense for which sentence was imposed.

(b) When a person has been in custody due to a charge that resulted in a dismissal or acquittal, the time that would have been credited against a sentence for the charge, had the charge not resulted in a dismissal or acquittal, shall be credited against any sentence that is based upon a charge for which a warrant or commitment detainer was placed during the pendency of the custody.

(c) Any person who is sentenced to a term of confinement in a correctional facility or hospital shall have deducted from the term all time actually spent, pursuant to a court order, by the person in a hospital for examination purposes or treatment prior to trial or pending an appeal.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 5, 34 DCR 484; May 20, 2009, D.C. Law 17-389, § 2, 56 DCR 1196.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-431.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-389, in subsec. (a), substituted “, or on parole in accordance with § 24-406,” for “or on parole”.


§ 24–221.04. Forfeiture.

The award of good time credits for good behavior and faithful performance of duties may be forfeited, withheld, and restored by the Director, in accordance with rules promulgated by the Mayor pursuant to § 24-221.02, after a hearing, which shall be conducted in accordance with the rules.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 6, 34 DCR 484.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-432.


§ 24–221.05. Reporting requirement.

The Department shall regularly inform inmates of all awards, forfeitures, and restorations of good time credits, and shall inform the Board of Parole of all persons who are expected to become eligible for release on parole within 45 days of their eligibility date, and shall inform the Board of Parole of all persons whose release on parole will become mandatory within 45 days of the date when their release on parole becomes mandatory.


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 7, 34 DCR 484.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-433.


§ 24–221.06. Exceptions.

Institutional and educational good time credits shall not be applied to the minimum terms of persons sentenced under § 22-4502, § 48-901.02, § 48-904.01, § 22-2104(b), § 22-2803, or § 22-4504(b).


(Apr. 11, 1987, D.C. Law 6-218, § 8, 34 DCR 484; Nov. 2, 1989, D.C. Law 8-52, § 2, 36 DCR 4740; Jan. 30, 1990, D.C. Law 8-57, § 2, 36 DCR 5761; May 8, 1993, D.C. Law 9-270, § 4, 39 DCR 9223; Oct. 2, 1993, D.C. Law 10-26, § 4, 40 DCR 3416.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 24-434.