Nevada Revised Statutes sections 209.432 to 209.451 provide for the ability of offenders in Nevada institutions to receive credit on toward their terms of imprisonment in certain situations. Many people refer to this as “credit for good behavior,” but there are other instances in which an offender can get credit that will reduce their term of imprisonment. Provided below is an overview of credits on term of imprisonment, followed by the statutory language of the limitation of credit Nevada offenders may earn.
Depending on the time of imprisonment or parole, Nevada law provides different rules and procedures for earning credits on a term of imprisonment. To qualify for credits on a term of imprisonment, an offender must have no serious infraction of Department regulations, residential confinement terms and conditions, or State laws. The offender must also perform any assigned duties in a faithful, orderly, and peaceable manner. Additional credits are provided for those who complete a treatment program for alcohol or drug abuse, or a vocational education and training program. Depending on the time of imprisonment and release on parole, the amount of credits allowed per time of imprisonment differs. An overview for the most recent years is provided below.
Under Nevada law, offenders are limited in the maximum amount of credits they can earn toward their term of imprisonment to the total amount of credit needed to expire the offender’s sentence. The exact statutory language of Nev. Rev. Stat. § 209.4495 is provided below:
1. Notwithstanding any provision of NRS 209.432 to 209.451, inclusive, which entitles an offender to receive credit or which authorizes the Director to allow credit for an offender, an offender may not earn more than the amount of credit required to expire his or her sentence.
2. Nothing in this section shall be construed to reduce retroactively the amount of credit earned by an offender if doing so would constitute a violation under the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Nevada.
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