Jesse Jackson Jr. to be freed from Illinois prison

By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |  March 25, 2015 at 7:31 AM
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WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., will be freed from prison Thursday and moved to a halfway house in Washington D.C.

Jackson was visited by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., at the minimum security prison in Montgomery, Ala. when Jackson told him he was about to be released.

"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," he told USA Today. "And he told me, 'Guess what? I'm going to be out in almost 48 hours.'"

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Jackson will be moving to a halfway house where he will be monitored, required to follow a curfew and look for employment.

Jackson was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to spending more than $750,000 of campaign funds on luxury goods.

His wife, Sandi, was sentenced to one year in prison and will begin her sentence after Jackson's is completed. Their prison terms were staggered so at least one parent would remain with their children in Washington.

Jackson will be picked up by his family Thursday morning.

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