Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released to a Halfway House

The downfall of a power couple
By Hazel Trice Edney ( — Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who was on the short list to become a U.S. Senator, replacing Barack Obama, or mayor of Chicago, but was sentenced to prison instead,  on Thursday was released to a halfway house this week near Baltimore to complete the balance of his prison sentence. Jackson reported to federal prison Oct. 29, 2013, after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 of campaign funds. He had served 17 years in Congress when he resigned in 2012. The once rising star in the Democratic Party first entered a correctional facility in Butner, N.C., but has been in a Montgomery, Ala., prison since the spring of last year. A judge sentenced him to serve 30 months.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago Alderman.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman. He is scheduled to enter a half-way house in Washington, D.C., this week after serving a 30-month prison sentence. Sandi Jackson  will now enter prison as part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

His wife, Sandi or Sandra, a former Chicago alderman, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for filing false tax returns that failed to report the campaign money as income.

The couple has two young children. The judge ordered Mrs. Jackson to report to prison 30 days after her husband is released so he could raise their children.

Released scheduled for December

The Chicago Tribune last year reported an expected release date of Dec. 31, 2015, for Jackson. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) this week listed his release date as Sept. 20, 2015. It seems his transition to a halfway facility may be pending his release from the prison system.

Representatives of the FBP this week declined to confirm Jackson’s transfer, citing privacy and security issues. His father, civic rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., was out of the country. The elder Jackson is founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which is based in Chicago.

Jackson, 50, served in Congress from 1995, representing the 2nd Congressional District on the city’s South Side and the South Suburbs, until he resigned, following his re-election in November 2012.

He resigned because he was about to be indicted. Jackson also was sentenced to three years supervised release following his prison sentence and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.

Sandi Jackson, 51, was given 12 months supervised release and 200 hours of community service.


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