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Some states pay inmates by giving them good conduct time because the inmates have to work and if the state don't pay them with money they pay them with good-time credits 'cause slavery is not legal even in prison. They also give good-time credits as an incentive to behave and go to work, school, or whatever so the institutions run more smoothly with less violence, etc.
Because of overpopulation...the lesser crime charged inmates get chances to redeem themselves ...plus it's not like they say oh you have been good u can leave...they get parolled into a halfway house then usually serve the remainder of their sentence on house arrest with an Ankle Bracelett
In Canada it happens automatically. Shortly after you're sentencing you get a breakdown of when your earliest possible release date could be with good behavior, or "remission" as it's called up here. Last I knew, they take off a third of your sentence and use it to encourage good behavior. Any trouble you cause while in jail will result in different amounts of good time being lost, a few days for this, or a week or two for that. It helps with overcrowding too, but it's definitely a plus when the guys inside have a reason to behave, lol.