*Could Jesse Jackson Jr. taste freedom sooner than expected?

That seems to a possibility, according to a Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke, who told the Chicago Tribune Tuesday that Jackson will be eligible to leave federal prison and serve out the final year of his sentence in a halfway house beginning Sept. 20. News of the former Illinois Democratic Representative’s early release comes a day after officials announced Jackson could have more than three months shaved off his sentence.

Under federal prison guidelines, officials may request a reduction of an inmate’s sentence of up to one year upon successful completion of a drug or alcohol treatment program, the Huffington Post reports. Regarding what treatment Jackson may have received while serving time, Burke was tight-lipped.

“We don’t discuss an inmate’s programming history,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jackson was sentenced to two and a half years in 2013 for illegally spending $750,000 of campaign funds. He was originally projected to be released from prison Dec. 31, 2015.

A recent court filing revealed Jackson paid the remaining $550,000 in restitution he owed the U.S. government, the Post reports. Last month, the disgraced politician, who wrote a check for $200,000 to the U.S. Marshals upon entering prison, is taking steps to pay off the remaining balance by refinancing one of the two homes he and wife Sandi Jackson have in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Convicted at the same time as her husband, Sandi Jackson was sentenced to one year in prison for filing false tax returns. A federal judge in the former Chicago councilwoman’s case allowed Sandi Jackson to serve her sentence after her husband’s in order to have at least one parent free to look after the couple’s young children.

Speaking with the Tribune, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman stated that there is no link between Jackson’s restitution payment and new projected release date. The two scenarios, in the eyes of the spokesman, are “unrelated.”

If Jackson’s new anticipated release date of Sept. 20, 2015 holds, the politician will be free after serving less than two years of his original sentence.

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10 thoughts on “Will Jesse Jackson, Jr. Be Released Early?

  1. JJ Junior is an EMBARRASSMENT to the HUMAN race. Greedy, entitled jerk. This mofo never did any good…except steal the public’s money. JJ Senior shoulda kicked his a** growing up. This sucka deserves to rot in the cooler for a LOT longer!

  2. When are the corrupt politicians going to wake up. Time after time we see corrupt politicians on the news, and 3 to 6 months later we see reports of ANOTHER politician doing the same thing (and this goes for all ethnicities). How stupid is that. I guess a lot of these politicians aren’t as intelligent as they profess to be

  3. Linda on said:

    Jessie Jr should be made to serve HIS ENTIRE JAIL TERM!–
    He is no better than anyone else!

    In fact, he is worse, since him and his wife stole campaign funds in order for them to “live large.”

    • Eric on said:

      While I understand your sentiment he is not having a good time in there. They put his ass in solitary for several days after he was advising other prisoners of their rights. Way to piss off the guards numbskull. I read that he wants to “make a positive difference” in prison. You don’t make a positive difference in prison. You try to find a way to make it through.

  4. I think U.S. Congressman Jackson is no different than other U.S. Politicians that didn’t get caught spending Campaign funds. His Good absolutely outweighs his mistake. #theblindinglightofmisinformationmustend

    • Nehe: Can you please give us a complete outline of “His good” (your words). I’m curious; exactly what did he do for the community he represented?

      • seriously on said:

        Not a damn thing, but fool ignorant blacks folks into voting for him and pocketing as much money for himself, oh an went to d.c. and screwed every white woman he could find. He is so stupid they should add two more years. The district he represented has been inundated with corruption, so this fool should have known they are watching you, waiting for you to make your move….Stupid…And once again black folks screwing over other black folks. I say screw him and his wife.

  5. seriously on said:

    Junior is a loser and whiner. Definitely not quite the man his father is and to junior had the nerve to publicly chastised his dad. That seat he had came with a long list of corruption, so he should have known they would be watching him, like the others before. Everytime junior gets busted including his affairs he checks himself into the loony bin. Never takes responsibility for anything. If he had any true balls, I would not go to no half way house, I would do my time and be done with probation and jumping throw hurdles and assorted programs. Do your time man and shut-up and get these people out of your business. You did the crime now man up and do the time,

  6. eellis10 on said:

    If he gets out early he’s still paid a big price for what he did. A year in prison for someone who’s used to living high is a pretty big hardship.

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