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Barber v. Thomas

Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-5201 Mar 30, 2010 Jun 7, 2010 6-3 Breyer OT 2009

Holding: A federal inmate is entitled to a credit of up to fifty-four days for every year of her term of imprisonment if she exhibits exemplary behavior during that year. The Supreme Court held that term of imprisonment refers to the length of the sentence actually served by the inmate, rather than the length of the sentence as imposed by the sentencing judge.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on June 7, 2010. Justice Kennedy dissented, joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg.

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