304.4Sentencing Issues

Jail Credit and Sentence Reductions
Last Updated: 12/01/23

Key Concepts

  • The defendant must be given credit toward his or her sentence for all time served in custody, including time spent in pretrial confinement or serving the active portion of a split sentence, as well as confinement related to probation violations, competency evaluations.
  • Time spent in custody on unrelated charges, in treatment at a private facility, or on electronic house arrest is not credited against an active sentence.
  • An active sentence may be reduced by credits awarded for a defendant’s work or participation in educational programs.
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The PDF displayed in this entry is an excerpt from the 2018 North Carolina Sentencing Handbook, by James M. Markham and Shea Riggsbee Denning.