Jesse Jackson Jr., Former Illinois Rep., Moved to Alabama Prison
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been spending time in a North Carolina federal prison since October of last year. Jackson is in custody for looting $750,000 from his treasury that he used for purchasing elk heads, celebrity memorabilia, and other luxury items. He served in office from 1995 until his resignation in 2012.
Over a month ago, Jackson was placed in solitary confinement for up to five days for giving advice to other prisoners about their rights in prison. After his hearing, he was cleared of any offence and he asked to be transferred to another prison.
According to sources, Jackson, who is Inmate No. 32451-016, is now located in a prison in Montgomery, Alabama. The transfer happened on Friday, said Chris Burke, spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons. The details regarding the transfer were not disclosed for privacy and security reasons.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Jackson’s father, said that the transfer was regarding “a medical situation,” and that his son’s health was improving. Jackson Jr. is said to be undergoing treatment for his bipolar disorder.
According to Santita Jackson, Jackson’s sister, her brother wanted to make a contribution when he entered prison. She said, “He wanted to be of service to people serving time with him.”
Jackson’s wife, Sandy, has been visiting her husband in prison together with their two kids. She is also pleaded guilty to conspiring in looting the campaign funds. She has been sentenced to a year in prison, but will serve her time when her husband is released. These terms were given to the couple in consideration of their children.
Jackson’s release date is set for December 31, 2015. However, authorities say that he could leave prison earlier than the projected date if he becomes a model inmate. If released earlier, Jackson will be spending time in a halfway house.
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