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Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Baltimore Halfway House

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By    |   Monday, 22 Jun 2015 03:05 PM

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from a Baltimore halfway house Monday and will now spend the next three years on supervised release.

The 50-year-old Jackson, who is the eldest son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, served two and a half years in federal prisons in North Carolina and Alabama after pleading guilty to one felony fraud charge for spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, according to The Associated Press. He entered the halfway house in March after his release from an Alabama prison.

Jackson, along with his wife and former Chicago alderwoman Sandi Jackson, were accused of spending the money on fur capes, mounted elk heads, Bruce Lee memorabilia, children’s furniture, and a $43,350 Rolex watch.

Sandi Jackson, who pleaded guilty to knowingly filing false joint federal income tax returns, is set to serve her own 12-month prison sentence by the end of the year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson allowed the couple to stagger their sentences in order to leave one parent home at a time to care for their two children.

After leaving the Volunteers of America halfway house in Baltimore, Jackson will spend three years on supervised release and must complete 500 hours of community service, according to the AP. While under home confinement, Jackson will endure spot checks and mandatory phone call check-ins, according to the Sun-Times.

Jackson served in Congress from 1995 until he resigned in 2012 after taking a medical leave of absence for treatment for bipolar disorder and other health issues, according to the AP. His resignation ended a career marred by unproven allegations of his involvement in deals concerning raising campaign funds for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Regarding his son’s time in the halfway house, Rev. Jackson said that he was “strong and clear and focused,” and that he was doing some “social service” work, according to the Sun-Times.

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