Jesse Jackson Jr., the former Illinois congressman who pleaded guilty to illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, was transferred from a federal prison in North Carolina to a prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., to complete his 30-month sentence.
According to Bureau of Prisons Spokesman Chris Burke, the 49-year-old Jackson, who is known as Inmate No. 32451-016, was transferred on Friday from a federal prison in North Carolina, which he entered on Oct. 29. The Montgomery camp where he is now is located on Maxwell Air Force Base. He reportedly expressed his preference for the Montgomery camp during the trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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Jackson, who served in Congress from 1995 until he resigned in 2012, is said to be housed with 873 male offenders.
Jackson's scheduled release date is Dec. 31, 2015, but he may be released early to a halfway house or home detention for good behavior, corrections officials told the Chicago Tribune. He is reportedly being treated for bipolar disorder.
The former congressman is the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and had been a rising star in the Democratic Party up until his arrest. Following his release from prison, Jackson is to spend three years on supervised release and must complete 500 hours of community service.
Jackson confessed to spending $582,772 on 3,100 personal items he purchased for him and his wife between 2005 and April 2012, including a $43,350 gold-plated men's Rolex watch and $5,150 on fur capes and parkas.
Jackson also admitted to spending an additional $60,857 at restaurants, nightclubs, and lounges, $16,058 for personal expenditures at sports clubs, $5,814 for alcohol, and $14,513 for dry cleaning.
Jackson's wife, Sandra Jackson, was sentenced to a year in prison for filing joint federal income tax returns that understated the couple's income, according to court documents.
Because Jackson has two children with his wife, the judge sentenced the couple separately, with Sandra's prison term beginning upon the ex-congressman's release from jail so the kids would not be parentless.
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