Story summary.On this future earth, you get a 50% discount on a murder sentence, provided you seek conviction before committing the murder! 7 years on deadly prison planets. You can, of course, change your mind part way through the sentence & return without prejudice, but then you forfeit the served sentence. But on successful completion of the sentence, you've earned the right to murder one human being!
One such precriminal, just returned after serving the pre-murder sentence, will actually get some completely unexpected enlightenment...
- William Tenn's "Time in Advance".
Fact sheet.First published: Galaxy, August 1956.
Note: I'd read this in an anthology, but scans of the issue where this story originally appeared is online.
Related: Stories of William Tenn.