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Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets Early Projected Release Date

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    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., speaks briefly to reporters outside the courtroom after he was sentence to 30 months in prison. (Published Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013)

    Jesse Jackson Jr. could get out of prison earlier than expected.

    The original projected release date for the former Illinois congressman has been moved up on the Bureau of Prisons website from Dec. 31, 2015 to Sept. 20, 2015. The new date was first reported in the Chicago Tribune.

    It's not clear why the date was changed.

    The 49-year-old, who has an inmate number of 32451-016, entered a North Carolina federal prison in October. He was moved earlier this year to a minimum security prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base.

    He was sentenced to 30 months in prison in August after pleading guilty to charges he used campaign cash on personal items such as memorabilia related to stars like Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson, and Jimi Hendrix. Several items the couple turned over to authorities were auctioned off.

    Jackson's wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, will begin serving a one-year term for filing false tax returns, once her husband completes his sentence.

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