89.3% of Current Inmates Serve Their Sentence Under the 85% Sentence Served Law
Offenders who committed their offenses on or after October 1, 1995 are required to serve a minimum of 85% of their court-imposed sentences prior to their release. On June 30, 2012, 89.3% (89,737), of all inmates in prison are serving their sentence under this law, meaning they will serve a minimum of 85% of their sentences. As more inmates are admitted with offenses after October 1, 1995, the percentage of current inmates required to serve at least 85% of their sentence has steadily risen from 85.3% in 2008 to 89.3% in 2012, with just a slight decrease from last year.
Prison Population SentencedUnder Minimum 85% of Sentence Served Law as of June 30 Over Five Years