Ex-U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. to be released from prison


(Reuters) - Former U.S. RepresentativeJesse Jackson Jr.is set to be released from prison on Thursday to a halfway house in Washington, D.C., after spending roughly half of his 30-month sentence behind bars,USA Todayreported.


Former U.S. RepresentativePatrick Kennedytold the newspaper he spoke with Jackson at anAlabamaprison on Monday.


"I went in there to say hello and catch up and tell him that I wanted to be there for him when he came out," Kennedy toldUSA Today. "And he told me, 'Guess what? I'm going to be out in almost 48 hours'."


The news was first reported by the Associated Press.


Reuters could not independently verify the report.

Jackson, a formerIllinoiscongressman once considered one of the most promising black politicians in the country, was sentenced in August 2013 to 30 months in prison for misuse of campaign funds.

Jackson, the son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., had pleaded guilty to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds on luxuries such as fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, mounted elk heads and a Rolex watch.

His wife, Sandi, a formerChicagocity council member, was sentenced to one year for falsifying tax returns that failed to report the campaign money as income.

The judge orderedSandi Jacksonto report to prison 30 days afterJesse Jackson Jr.was released to reduce the impact on their two children.

Jackson Jr. served inCongressfrom 1995 until he resigned after re-election in 2012, citing health reasons. He was eventually treated for at least six weeks for bipolar disorder at theMayo ClinicinRochester,Minnesota.

He was also sentenced to three years supervised release and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.Sandi Jacksonwas given 12 months supervised release after she serves time in prison and 200 hours of community service.

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