WASHINGTON —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.
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.