Former Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been transferred to minimum-security prison camp in Alabama.
Jackson had been serving time at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina but he was recently moved to the prison camp at the Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Jackson is the son of the civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. The father, reached by telephone today in Japan, said today that his son’s health was improving and that was the rationale for the transfer.
“It’s a medical situation,” he said.
Jackson was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally using campaign money for personal use.
His scheduled release date is December 31, 2015.
One month later, his wife, Sandi, will begin her one-year prison sentence for filing false income tax returns.
-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report