My boyfriend was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 60 days Home monitoring. How long will he actually serve in jail?

Asked over 3 years ago - Everett, WA

Everyone (including jail counselor) says he will only have to serve 20 days, but his appointment to report for home monitoring is on the 24th day of his sentence. Will he have to stay in jail until his appointment or will he be released on the 20th day for good behaviour and then report for home monitoring when specified? Also, the guard says their records indicate he will be incarcerated for 90 days. Is it possible he could stay there the whole 90 days if he was approved for home monitoring and has a date and time to report? This is for Snohomish County Corrections.

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  1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence

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    Answered . The commitment order is for 90 days because he has been given a 90 day sentence. The order should indicate that he is allowed to spend 60 days on EHM if qualified. Sounds like he qualified if he has a report date. Generally, he will get "good time" for the jail time, but not the EHM. This means 20 days jail + 60 days EHM. The judgement and sentence should state whether he is to be released pending EHM (his attorney can get a copy of this). If he does an extra 4 days in jail he should get 6 off the EHM and will end up doing 24 days jail + 54 days EHM. Be aware that the jail staff determines what each order says and are not very flexible if the court orders do not spell these things out. If there is a discrepancy have you attorney take up with the court sooner rather than later. The judge can clarify the order if needed.

    I assume he had an attorney for the DUI? He should consult his attorney as only his attorney will be able to provide an exact answer to this. Sorry for the wishy-washy answer, but there is no way to answer this for certain without having the "judgement and sentence" and the ":commitment order."

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  2. William Karl Kirk

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    Answered . Most correctional facilities in Washington have a "good time" clause which is really done due to jail overcrowding. If this applies in this situation, and it will depend on where the time is being served, inmates will serve 2/3 of the time in custody. So, if you've been told that he will only serve 20 days on a 30 day sentence, that makes sense. He will be released from jail on the date that he is expected to be released and then must report to EHM on the date that the court ordered him to report.

  3. Mark R Stephens

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    Answered . He'll serve 20 days, then the 90 at home. There's no good time off of EHM in Washington, and I don't understand the answer from California, nor how it could possibly inform you. By now your boyfriend probably has a release date from jail/work release. Only his lawyer knows the times and dates exactly, but 20 then 90 if your question is accurate.

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  4. John Joseph VanDervoort

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    Answered . iN calif YOU GET 1/3 GOOD TIME. siNCE YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT STATE YOU NEED TO CONTACT HIS ATTORNEY THERE. tHERE IS NO GOOD TIME IN cALFIF FOR ELECTRONIC HOME MONITORING IN MOST STATES

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