DOUBLE-STANDARD OR PRECEDENT FOR EARLY RELEASE: Kwame Kilpatrick, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, Paul Manafort

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from federal prison.

Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years behind bars, convicted in 2013 on 24 felony counts of public corruption for a criminal racket involving extortion, bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors said he used his positions as a state representative and then mayor to enrich himself and his friends.

He was not expected to be paroled until 2037.

According to a Friday news release from the Ebony Foundation, Kilpatrick has been granted early release after serving only seven years of his lengthy sentence.

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