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Disgraced Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Projected Release Date

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Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., leaves the US District Court in Washington, DC, August 14, 2013, following a sentencing hearing. Jackson was sentenced today to 30 months behind bars and his wife, Sandi, got a year in prison for separate felonies involving the misspending of about $750,000 in campaign funds. The Jacksons will be allowed to serve their sentences one at a time, with Jackson Jr. going first. In addition to the 2.5 years in prison, Jackson Jr. was sentenced to three y | Getty

CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. could be released from federal prison on Dec. 31, 2015 — if he behaves himself.

The projected release date is listed on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross says that date is based on the assumption the former Illinois congressman receives the maximum reduction of 54 days a year for good behavior.

The 48-year-old Jackson entered a North Carolina prison Tuesday to begin serving a 2 1/2-year term for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money on everything from cigars to a gold watch.

Ross says federal statute calls for that reduction for a full year and a portion of that number for any partial year an inmate serves.

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