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Jesse Jackson Jr. could be out of prison by end of the year

Jesse JacksJr. (pictured 2011)  |  Charles Dharapak~AP

Jesse Jackson Jr. (pictured in 2011) | Charles Dharapak~AP

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With time off for good behavior, completion of a drug and alcohol treatment program and release to a halfway house, former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. could be out of prison by the end of the year.

After clashing with prison officials and being moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., WBBM-Channel 2 reports that Jackson requested the move to the Montgomery facility to enroll in a residential drug and alcohol treatment program. The North Carolina facility had no such program.

The treatment program in Montgomery lasts nine months.

“Inmates know if they go through the program, whether they need it or not, that they’re going to get six months off,” says CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller. “Frankly, in many cases it is a con, because frankly many times people exaggerate the problem in order to get the time off, but there are a lot of people that do need the program.”

Jackson’s 30-month prison sentence is scheduled to end in April 2016, but with good behavior, he’d be eligible to get out in December 2015. With completion of the drug and alcohol program, that would move up his sentence could be completed by June 2015.

However, the last six months of his sentence could also be served at a halfway house — much like former. Gov. George Ryan — which means Jackson could be released from prison by the end of this year.



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