Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Michael Vick could end up serving as few as 12 months of his 23 month prison sentence due to his application into a prison-monitored drug rehabilitation program.
Vick’s entry into the program could possibly mean that he could be out of prison by the end of this year or early next year and be back in the NFL by the 2009 season.
The one-year long drug treatment program, located in Leavenworth, Kansas, allows inmates to take off up to a year of their sentence if they complete the program.
Earlier last year, Vick tested positive for marijuana after pleading guilty to charges related to dog fighting. This most likely added time to his prison sentence.
It is unclear though if Vick’s 12-month term starts from when he began serving his sentence in November or when he enters the drug program.
A Leavenworth spokesperson said that Vick would have to spend a minimum of one month at the prison before qualifying for the drug treatment program.
Humane Society investigator John Goodwin said, “At the time that he was sentenced, I and a lot of other people who watched this case felt Vick received a fair sentence. If this really happens, that he’s able to get out in what’s basically half the time, I think there’s going to be a lot of outrage about the whole situation. It’s just another example of big money allowing someone to get away with something the rest of society couldn’t.”
Source: Yahoo Sports