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Maryland Prisoner Gets Sentence Reduction Credits for “Special Project” Work

Bradford Holup, a Maryland state prisoner, received special training to do blood-spill cleanup work and did that kind of work for over two years in Maryland prisons. Blood-spill cleanup work qualifies as “special project” work for which prisoners are supposed to receive sentence reduction credits. But Holup was eventually told that he wouldn’t get any special credits because he was only a volunteer. He complained to the Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). After the DPSCS denied Holup relief, he appealed to a state trial court which reverse and remanded to the DPSCS.

This time the DPSCS found that Holup had received special training and had done special project work without ever being told that he was only a volunteer. On that basis, the DPSCS found that Holup was entitled to special project credits and directed the guards to calculate and award those credits to Holup. See: Holup v. Maryland Dept. of Correc., DPSCS # IGO-002V-04-39528 (2004).

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Holup v. Maryland Dept. of Correc.