In this lesson you will learn the definitions and terminologies used in computation of prison
sentences and how to compute them.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Compute a prisoner's sentence.
You will have this subcourse.
To demonstrate competency of this task you must achieve a score of 70
percent on the subcourse examination.
REFERENCES: The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following
publication: AR 633-30, AR 190-47 and DOD 1325.7M.
The accurate computation of prisoners' sentences helps ensure the proper administration of the
Army's correctional program. It also is an essential element in protecting prisoners' legal rights.
Sentence computation must be thoroughly understood by all who are involved in any way with
determining the correct release dates of prisoners. Incorrect computations that result in an
incorrect release date could violate Article 96 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
or the court-martial order that set the sentence.
1. Computation of sentences is governed by DOD 1325.7M, which provides detailed guidance
and procedures. The prisoner's sentence is read to him by the facility commander or a designated
representative when the court-martial order that sets of the sentence is received or when a court-
martial order suspends a sentence or reinstates a suspended sentence. The prisoner
acknowledges that the court-martial order was read to him by signing a statement entered on the
order. The statement contains the date of the prisoner's acknowledgement and the name, grade,
and service number of the officer who read the order. The signed order is filed in the prisoner's
correctional treatment file. Computation of sentence is based on the signature of the approving