Jesse Jackson Jr. Transferred To Alabama Prison

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  • Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who entered federal prison in North Carolina last October is now incarcerated at a prison camp in Montgomery, AL, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

    The Chicago Tribune reports:

    Jackson, 49, who is Inmate No. 32451-016, shows up on the bureau’s inmate locator, as being in the camp in Montgomery, Ala. Jackson’s prison transfer occurred Friday, said Chris Burke, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman.

    He served in Congress from 1995 until he resigned in 2012.

    He and his lawyers said at his sentencing last August that Jackson’s top preference for serving his 30-month sentence was the Alabama facility, which is located on Maxwell Air Force Base. The facility houses 873 male offenders, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

    A judge is not bound by such a request.

    The facility in Butner, N.C., where Jackson began his term, was his second choice.

    One of the installations at the Butner prison complex is a federal medical center; Jackson was not an inmate there, but would have had access to it if needed.

    The son has been treated for bipolar disorder.

    Jackson Jr.’s projected release date remains Dec. 31, 2015, according to the Bureau of Prison’s inmate locator.

    Corrections officials said last fall that if Jackson behaves in prison, he may be able to leave prison earlier than that date for a halfway house or home detention.

    Jackson’s defense attorneys did not immediately respond Sunday for requests for comment.

    His wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, 50, was a co-conspirator in his case and pleaded guilty to a tax violation related to the misuse of campaign funds.

    She must begin a 12-month prison term after his release.

    U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., who sentenced the pair, staggered the terms out of consideration for the couple’s two children.

    Reverend Jackson said his son’s spirits were “great” and that he had last seen him a couple of weeks ago. “He’s been writing and teaching and honoring his medical regime,” Rev. Jackson said.

    The reverend said he was in Japan for a trade and peace mission, visiting Hiroshima and meeting with top officials elsewhere to discuss how to bolster opportunities for minorities within the auto industry, not just by promoting more dealerships for them but by expanding opportunities in auto advertising, marketing, professional services – “the whole range of private-sector opportunities that we’ve been locked out of,” he said.

    He said he was making the effort on behalf of not only African-Americans, but Latinos and Asian-Americans as well and that the mission was under the auspices of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

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