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Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets Prison Release Date

Former congressman is serving a 30-month sentence for using campaign cash on personal items

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    Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who entered a federal prison earlier this week, has been given a release date.

    The Bureau of Prisons website, updated Friday, listed Jackson's release date as Dec. 31, 2015.

    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 in September.

    The 48-year-old, who has an inmate number of 32451-016, entered Butner Correctional Center near Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.

    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.

    Jackson was replaced in Congress by Robin Kelly, who easily won a special election to fill the seat.