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So when you click on a prisoner, it will show his sentence, but it's all in years. Does a year equate to an in-game day, or if a sentence if 1 year then the prisoner literally stays for 365 days?

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    I sure hope they do, because I hate it when people don't finish their – Coronus Jun 14 '13 at 16:50
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    ... sandwiches? – Tacroy Jun 14 '13 at 21:16
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    @Tacroy Funnily enough, there also is a bug that prevents prisoners from finishing their dishes. – user98085 Jun 14 '13 at 21:30
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As per the Alpha 11 release notes, this is now possible:

Prisoners now count down their remaining sentence whilst in your jail.
Once they have served their full jail term they are automatically released.
They will walk to the exit and be allowed to leave by your guards.
Their nameplate will flash "RELEASED"
NOTE: We count down sentences at an accelerated rate - otherwise nobody would ever be released
NOTE: We do not yet support early release due to Parole

Therefore, prisoners will now be released once they have served their time - and they will even serve their time a little faster right now. This is due to the lack of a management feature to reduce sentences (as in: Parole, or other ways of releasing them early).

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    As of alpha 29 parole has been added, prisoners are now eligible for parole at 50% and 75% through their sentence. Alpha 30 tweaked the way the parole system works a little. – Useless Code Mar 16 '15 at 20:57

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