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Jesse Jackson Jr. hours away from expected release

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WASHINGTON -- Disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is likely hours away from leaving a federal prison and taking his first steps toward freedom.

Jackson has been in custody behind prison walls for about a year and a half.

The 50-year-old former politician and son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to be released from prison Thursday. His sentence was 30 months. He's served closer to 17 of them.

Reverend Jackson says he and his wife will be driving his son, Jesse Jr., and the former congressman's entire family -- including his two children -- to a halfway house not yet made public. From there, he will likely be heading home where he will be assigned to home confinement.