Jesse Jackson Jr. released from halfway house after stint in prison

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BALTIMORE — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been released from a halfway house in Baltimore, where he'd been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March.

Jackson was released from the Volunteers of America halfway house shortly before 9 a.m. EDT Monday and left in one of two black SUVs that were there for him.

Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, moved into the halfway house from prison, where he was serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items. Jackson pleaded guilty to one felony fraud count in February of 2013 and began his sentence in November.

Jackson is the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who told WGN that his son is in good spirits.

"He is on his protocols, he has good medical care and guidance. He is strong," Rev. Jackson said.  "So at some point in time, he'll be doing the rest of his time at home, and we look forward to that."

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