Jesse Jackson, Jr. May Be Released from Prison Early

Jesse Jackson, Jr. May Be Released from Prison Early

Imprisoned former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s projected release date is now Sept. 20, 2015, more than three months earlier than listed previously, federal officials confirmed Monday.

In another development, Jackson has paid the $550,000 he owed the U.S. government over his misuse of campaign funds, according to a court filing.

There is no connection between Jackson’s payment and his new projected release date, according to the Bureau of Prisons. “Financial obligations and release dates are unrelated,” said prisons spokesman Chris Burke.

Jackson’s projected release date from federal prison was Dec. 31, 2015. If the new release estimate holds, he will have served less than two years of the original 2½-year term.

Jackson, 49, a Democrat from Chicago’s South Side, is in a federal prison camp in Montgomery, Ala. He transferred there on April 4 from a federal prison in Butner, N.C., where he began his sentence last October.

Prisons spokesman Burke said that, generally speaking, officials have the authority to reduce a prison sentence by up to one year for an inmate who successfully completes an in-patient drug or alcohol rehabilitation program.

Burke, however, said he could not discuss whether a specific inmate, such as Jackson, had completed a rehab program.

Under federal law, the Bureau of Prisons is to expected provide residential substance-abuse treatment to inmates and make arrangements for the available aftercare, subject to the availability of funds.

The law provides an incentive for inmates who, in the judgment of the Bureau of Prisons’ director, has successfully completed such a program.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Katherine Skiba