Jesse Jackson Jr. lists prison preferences

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Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to serve his time far from Chicago if he’s sentenced to prison for misspending campaign funds.

Jackson and his wife, Sandi, will find out their punishments Wednesday at federal court in Washington DC.

With prison time likely, the former congressman is aiming to serve at facilities in either Alabama or North Carolina to allow his family to visit somewhat conveniently from Washington.

Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to be sentenced at 8:30 Wednesday morning Chicago time and Sandi Jackson will learn her fate about an hour later.

Jackson pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 of his campaign funds and federal prosecutors have recommended a four-year sentence.

Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and could face up to 18 months.

Their defense lawyer filed a request Monday, indicating that the former congressman’s first preference is the federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama because it’s the closest facility to Washington.

Jackson’s second choice is considered the crown jewel in the federal prison system.

The federal correctional institution in Butner, NC has a college campus feel and includes a medical center.

Butner is currently home to former Chicago police commander John Burge and convicted ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff.

While the sentencing judge may suggest where Jackson should serve any prison time, inmate placement is actually determined by the Bureau of Prisons based on a variety of factors including medical needs.

Jackson’s lawyers say he requires continued treatment for severe depression and bipolar disorder.


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