Jesse Jackson Sr., called in and talked about the mental state of his incarcerated son, Jesse Jackson, Jr. The former Congressman entered federal prison in North Carolina last October and has since been transferred to a prison in Montgomery.
Pending good behavior, the 49 year old may be able to leave prison earlier than his original release date of December 31, 2015. He would then spend an undisclosed amount of time in a halfway house or home detention center.
Read the entire interview below:
TOM JOYNER: Reverend Jesse Jackson, how was your Easter Sunday?
JESSE JACKSON: Well, it was Resurrection Sunday, I visited my son yesterday.
TOM JOYNER: How is he doing?
SYBIL WILKES: How is he doing?
JESSE JACKSON: He’s getting stronger and better and he’s writing and teaching.
TOM JOYNER: He’s in Montgomery?
JESSE JACKSON: In Montgomery, I think Maxwell Airforce Base. But do let me say that it was a sad day, I offer condolences to the family of Rubin Hurricane Carter, a champion in the ring, racially profiled, sentenced to die, stayed in jail 20 years and survived it. He never let his spirit break. There was a big protest to free Hurricane. Bob Dylan wrote a song about his time in jail and there was a movie done by Denzel Washington about Hurricane Carter. He was a champion in the ring and a hero outside the ring. A champion, when they win, they ride the peoples’ shoulders, but he rose, people rose and rode his shoulder. He knocked folk down in the ring, he saved so many lives; many people owe a debt to Hurricane Carter. So we offer real condolences to his family. I talked to them yesterday in Toronto, Canada. Let me announce quickly that all high school seniors and college students should come across the stage with the diploma in one hand and a voter card in one hand and sign up for healthcare. Demand the right to vote, and the right to expanded healthcare. Do not let them nullify your access to affordable healthcare just because there’s right wings governors who want to take away the right to vote, but to fight back, for students to have the right to healthcare. We have to fight more.