Jesse Jackson Jr. says if both he and his wife are going to prison, he wants to go first.
The former congressman was convicted of looting his campaign of $750,000.
He faces five years in prison at sentencing July 3.
In court filings Monday, his lawyers say Jackson and his family are living on Social Security and his federal pension, which would be suspended once he’s behind bars.
His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson faces up to 18 months on a related tax count.
Prosecutors also filed papers Monday, rejecting the Jacksons pleas for leniency based on their good works as public officials, calling that “doing their jobs.”