UPDATE: Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Halfway House
UPDATE: Jesse Jackson Jr., former Illinois House Representative and son to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, has been released from the Baltimore halfway house he’d been living in since his release from prison in March. Upon release, he quickly disappeared in an SUV that was waiting for him. The release happened this morning at 9am ET. At this point, he’ll be held under house arrest for the remainder of his punishment.
Original post: March 26, 2015
Jesse Jackson Jr. has been released from prison after a year and a half. A friend told The Chicago Tribune that he’ll serve the rest of his 2 1/2 year sentence in a halfway house in Washington DC, though the family wouldn’t confirm that. The Tribune says it’s common practice for someone to check into a halfway house briefly only to move to home confinement shortly after. In some cases, on the same day.
Jackson Jr. must also complete 500 hours of community service as part of his sentence.
Upon his release, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. made a statement, saying “there’s a great joy with reunion.”
“And he’s strong, and he’ll do well,” the Trib quotes him saying.
Jackson Jr. tearfully admitted in August 2013 that he misused $750,000 in campaign funds for personal extravagances like furs and vacations. He began serving his sentence that October.
His wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, was also found guilty of playing a role in the malfeasance and was sentenced to a year in prison. She will begin her sentence in September when Jackson Jr. has served his time. The sentences were staggered because the couple has two young children.
According to the Tribune:
A prisoner is expected to be employed within 15 calendar days of arriving at a halfway house, prison officials said. Alcohol and drug use is forbidden, on or off the premises, and prisoners usually pay about 25 percent of their income to cover the cost of their confinement, they said.
Jackson Jr. had been a Congressman from Illinois until he resigned in November 2012. He was elected to office in 1995. Before leaving office, he had disappeared for months on end for, some reports say, treatment of bipolar disorder.