By Frederick H. Lowe
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, was released Monday from a Baltimore halfway house to his Washington, D.C., home to complete the remainder of his prison sentence, a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson tells NorthStar News
“Former Congressman Jackson is now under home confinement to complete the rest of his sentence, which ends September 20, 2015, said BOP spokesman Edmond Ross.
Jackson, 50, who represented Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District, entered a halfway house on March 26, 2015, after serving prison terms in Butner, North Carolina and Montgomery, Alabama.
Jackson reported to a federal prison in Butner Oct. 29, 2013, to begin serving a 30-month sentence. He pled guilty to misusing $750,000 of his campaign funds. He later was transferred to a federal prison in Montgomery.
Before resigning from Congress in 2012, Jackson, a rising star in the Democratic Party, represented the 2nd Congressional District 17 years. The district includes parts of Chicago’s South Side and parts of the South Suburbs.
His wife, Sandi or Sandra, a former Chicago alderman, was sentenced to one year in prison for filing false tax returns that failed to report the campaign money as income. The couple has two young children.
Under a plea deal, a judge ordered Mrs. Jackson,51, to report to prison 30 days after her husband is released to reduce the impact on their two children.
Jesse Jackson Jr. cannot leave his house without prior permission from the Bureau of Prisons, Ross said. “Jackson is under supervision 24/7,” Ross added.