The earliest that Jesse Jackson Jr. can be released from prison is at the end of 2015.

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who entered federal prison Tuesday, has been given a projected release date: Dec. 31, 2015.

Federal prisoners who behave while in custody are eligible to shave 54 days a year off their terms, said Chris Burke, a bureau spokesman. The release date of New Year’s Eve 2015 – posted on the Bureau of Prisons website -- assumes Jackson receives the full reduction.

“If he does not maintain clear conduct, some of his ‘good time’ could be disallowed,” Burke said.
Some inmates are placed in halfway houses or home detention toward the end of their terms.

Jackson, 48, is serving a 30-month term at a federal prison camp in Butner, N.C. for looting his campaign treasury of $750,000. The Democrat from Chicago’s South Side is inmate No. 32451-016.

Jackson’s wife, Sandi, 50, a former Chicago alderman, was sentenced for a related tax violation. She is supposed to surrender to authorities and begin a 12-month prison sentence 30 days after her husband’s release from custody.

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