Jesse Jackson Jr. now in federal prison

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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is now in custody.

The Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that Jackson Jr.  is in the minimum security prison as of 10 a.m. (CST) Tuesday.

Jackson’s lawyer says he went to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Monday night to start his 30-month sentence, but he was turned away.

Jackson was convicted of stealing from his campaign funds and spending it on luxury items.

His 30-month prison sentence was supposed to start by November 1.

Jackson is said to have gone to the prison with Congressman GK Butterfield, some lawyers, but no family members.

WGN-TV’s Mark Suppelsa spoke to his wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.

She says her family was surprised that her husband turned himself in early.  She says she found out when his lawyer called her Monday night.

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