A term of imprisonment is satisfied through actual time in custody plus good time credits. 18 U.S.C. §§ 3624(a), (b). The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 eliminated the federal parole system and sharply cut back on the rate at which federal prisoners could earn good time credit, providing in § 3624(b) that prisoners could receive “credit toward the service of the prisoner’s sentence, beyond the time served, of up to 54 days at the end of each year of the prisoner’s term of imprisonment.”

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