Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. not in custody

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There were some conflicting reports about the whereabouts of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, but the Tribune has confirmed that he is not in custody.

His lawyer says Jackson went to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina Monday 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.

He’s supposed to start his 30-month prison sentence by November 1.

Prison officials have not said why they turned him away.

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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