Jesse Jackson Jr. Enters Prison

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Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will officially begin serving his 2-1/2 year sentence Tuesday.

After originally being turned away from the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Monday, the Chicago congressman successfully entered the facility Tuesday morning. The sentencing judge instructed Jackson to surrender no earlier than this Friday, November 1.

Jackson’s lawyer’s spokeswoman said the congressman had reported to the correctional complex on Monday afternoon; however, authorities at the jail denied Jackson was in custody. It is unclear at this time what transpired on Monday, but Jackson has since been issued inmate number 32451-016, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Jackson, 48, pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, such as a gold-plated Rolex watch, mink capes and personal vacations. His wife, Sandi Jackson, has been sentenced to one year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns. Many of the couple’s possessions were sold in an online auction to help repay their debt.