Introduction of "good time" laws in prisons can be traced back to early decades of nineteenth century. Under the system an inmate cloud earn certain reduction in his term of sentence provided he behaved well inside the prison. Thus the system of good time laws introduced to ease the problem of discipline inside prisons and make the custody, security and control within the institution more meaningful and effective. Good time laws authorized the prison officials to cut-short the period of sentence awarded to prisoners by law courts in fixed proportions, usually one month for every year upto a maximum period of six months. This discretion to make an allowance in the team of sentence of the prisoner lies with the prison Board or Parole Board provided, however, the inmate has a good record of his conduct in prison. The system of good time laws was adopted in France in 1846. In America the system become so popular that by 1860 it was adopted in almost all the Stats. Besides the ordinary good time laws, there are also "merit good time laws" which entitle the inmate to earn additional reduction in his term of sentence by his exceptionally good behavior during the institutional life. Likewise, "Industrial good time" is allowed to an inmate who actively participates in prison industries during his stay as a prisoner. Burlesque
Md. Shahnewaz Zwaki Advocate The Supreme Court of Bangladesh (High Court Division).