Jesse Jackson Jr. to be Released from Prison

Jesse Jackson Jr. could face more legal problems after he failed to file a financial disclosure report which is required from members of Congress who leave the House.
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Jackson and his wife were to appear in federal court to answer criminal charges that they engaged in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday. Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months behind bars after pleading guilty in Feb. 2013 to using campaign money to purchase more than $750,000 worth of luxury items, collectibles and clothing. Jackson Jr. began serving his term in Oct. 2013.

The Associated Press was the first to report news of Jackson Jr.’s release. According to the media outlet, a federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the AP that Jackson Jr. would be released on Thursday.

At one point, the former Rep. was hailed as one of Chicago’s most promising mayoral candidates. According to a former House colleague, he will serve the remaining months of his sentence at a halfway house in Washington, D.C.

Jackson Jr. represented the Illinois’ 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 2012. His wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, also pleaded guilty to a separate felony charge of filing false tax returns over six years. She is slated to begin a one-year prison sentence one month after Jackson completes his sentence.