Prisoners' Rights

Earned Credit Helps Inmates Obtain Needed Tools for Re-Entry

07.20.12

The ACLU of Ohio has also advocated for expanding earned credit, which refers to the ability of incarcerated people to earn time off their sentence for successfully participating in vocational, educational, and/or rehabilitative programs. Earned credit was virtually eliminated in Ohio during the late 1990s because of a push for ‘truth in sentencing.’

In 2011, Ohio passed House Bill 86, which expanded the use of earned credit in the state. The proposal was modeled after other states that reaped cost savings from earned credit; however, Ohio’s program was modest in comparison.