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

Former U. S. Representative will serve his remaining time in half way house
By Hazel Trice Edney (– Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), who has been serving a 30-month prison sentence,  Thursday was released  to a halfway house in in Baltimore, where he will serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi, a former Chicago Alderman.
Former U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi, a former Chicago Alderman. He is coming out of prison,  and she is going inside the “Big House,” as part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorneys Office.

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.

His wife, Sandi or Sandra, a former Chicago Alderman, was sentenced to one year for filing false tax returns that failed to report the campaign money as income. The couple has two children. The judge ordered Mrs. Jackson to report to prison 30 days after her husband is released to reduce the impact on the children.

Released scheduled for September

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) this week listed his release date as Sept. 20, 2015. Therefore 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.

Former Rep. Jackson, 50, served in Congress representing the 2nd Congressional District on Chicago’s South Side and South Suburbs from 1995 until he resigned after re-election in November 2012. He cited health reasons, but he was about to be indicted.

Jackson was also sentenced to three years supervised release following his prison sentence and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service. Mrs. Jackson was given 12 months supervised release and 200 hours of community service.



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