So once someone gets sentenced and is sitting in jail their time is counting right?

Asked almost 5 years ago - Columbus, GA

i've been doing research on "time served". after doing so i was lead to believe that once you've been sentenced and taking into custody, your time is being counted. but for some reason other individuals including probation officers have been saying that a person time doesnt count until they get shipped off. but how is that possible, and how can someone sit in jail for months and their time not count? a jail is a jail.

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  1. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . In the State of Georiga, any time that an individual serves in custody after being sentenced will count towards their sentence - whether it is in the local county or city jail or the state prison system. It counts.....good luck!!

  2. Richard Ware Levitt


    Contributor Level 7

    Answered . I can't speak for Georgia law but, as far as I know, every jurisdiction provides credit for time served, whether in "jail" or "prison." The only common exception is where the person has two or more sentences to serve from the same or different cases and the sentences are not being served concurrently (but rather are being served consecutively), in which case the person will be receiving credit for one sentence but not the other.

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