Sentencing Whiteboard: How Class F-I Felony Sentences Are Served

These days, you can find an online instructional video for pretty much anything. Cooking techniques, auto repair, differential calculus. Why not criminal sentencing? Today’s post is my first attempt at a microlecture on a discrete sentencing topic: Understanding how minimum and maximum sentences work for Class F–I felonies. You can view the video here. I’ll cover Class B1–E felonies in a subsequent installment, and maybe other topics, too, if you find this to be a helpful format. Let me know!

Update: I created a new version of this module using a program that allows me to export it to YouTube. Future modules will be posted on the same channel. You can view the revised video below.

19 comments on “Sentencing Whiteboard: How Class F-I Felony Sentences Are Served

  1. Mr. Markham, I found this to be very instructive. I look forward to future presentations.

  2. I like this approach a lot. It was just the right length, and the technology was effectively used. I would be happy to see more of these.

  3. This is outstanding. It was very helpful to me. Especially with respect to PRS. I look forward to future presentations. I wish there were a way I could take this to the local jail to show to my clients.

  4. The format is excellent. i look forward to other similar presentations.

  5. I enjoyed the short lecture format. Well explained. Thanks.

  6. It is very helpful to see the timelines drawn out. I enjoyed the presentation!

  7. Great format.

  8. Well-done. I will recommend it to others.

  9. Very helpful. I look forward to the session about B1-E sentences.

  10. Excellent demonstration. But I thought that the difference between the minimum and the maximum incarceration period was characterized as gain time and not earned time. In other words earned time is the time that an inmate actually spends incarcerated and gain time was the credit an inmate receives for taking advantage of programs within DAC.

  11. This was very, very helpful. The visual element helped a lot in comprehending the full timeline in one place. I will certainly adopt it for explaining sentencing to my clients.

  12. Great presentation. The visual aid makes the substance of the presentation easier to understand. I hope you elect to use this format in future posts.

  13. The subject matter presented in this format is direct, easily understood, and holds the viewer’s attention. Highly recommended for future presentations.

  14. Enjoyed this casual and effective format. Hope to utilize this style of learning in the future.

  15. That was helpful. Just got a guy out who will be on post-realse for 12 months instead of 9 months. I see now, he knocked off 2 months for good behavior.

    • Post-release not post-realse. Not sure what happened on the above post.

  16. Enjoyed it, short but very understandable

  17. […] that post-release supervision, all felony maximum sentences were inflated by 9 months (see this video post for an explanation of how post-release supervision works). Under the post-12/1/2011 grid, the […]

  18. Ok, after watching the video, I think I get it.

    Class H felony. Sentence is 10-21.
    Defendant will be released at 12 (nine months before max). But defendant can earn up to 2 more months of time, and get released in 10.
    If he’s released at 12, he will serve 9 months on PRS, and will have 9 months of supervision hanging over his head.

    My only question is, if he earns an earlier release at 10 months, does the PRS get longer? Does the possible reincarceration get longer? Or is it still just 9/9?