Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Halfway House
Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from a halfway house in Baltimore and began home confinement Monday morning.
The former U.S. congressman has spent the last three months at the halfway house after spending 17 months in federal prison. Jackson, 50, was convicted in 2013 of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money on luxury items.
He will spend the final three months of his sentence under house arrest.
During an interview with ABC7, Jackson expressed the changes in his life since he began serving time.
“There’s a silence. There are no cell phones. There’s no constant scheduling and people calling and moving from point A to point B. There’s nowhere to go. There’s routine. The things that suddenly seemed important to you before you lost your freedom are suddenly unimportant,” Jackson said.
Jackson also mentioned plans to turn 40 legal pads of writings into a book. He will remain under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons while on house arrest.
During his sentence, he will be required to have some kind of job, pre-approved movement outside of his home and be subject to spot checks.
Jackson’s wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, was sentenced to 12 months behind bars after she pleaded guilty to filing a false federal income tax return.
She will begin serving her sentence on Oct. 30.
The judge placed time between the couple’s terms so one parent could care for their two children, while the other was in prison.