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Jesse Jackson Jr. To Be Freed From Prison On Thursday

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) is scheduled to be released from a federal prison on Thursday after having served time on charges stemming from his misuse of campaign funds.

The 50-year-old Jackson, who served as a national co-chairman of the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence — which ends on September 20, 2015 — in either a halfway house or in his home on DuPont Circle. In the latter scenario, the former politician would be confined to his residence.

The Greenville, South Carolina born democrat was investigated for financial improprieties which included the misuse of campaign funds back in October of 2012. In November of the same year, he resigned from Congress while citing physical and mental health problems which included clinical depression, gastrointestinal problems and bipolar disorder.

On February 8, 2013, the former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’s 2nd district admitted to having violated federal campaign law through his use of campaigns funds for personal expenditures.

He plead guilty to one count of wire and mail fraud on February 20, 2013 and was subsequently sentenced to 30 months in federal prison on August 14, 2013.

His father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, was quoted by the Chicago Tribune in a report as having said on Wednesday that his family was “very grateful for this day of joy and relief” in regards to his son’s scheduled release.

We’re very grateful for this day of joy and relief […] The family finds great joy in this occasion.

The elder Jackson indicated that he’ll be accompanied by his wife, his son’s wife, and the younger Jackson’s children when the family goes to pick him up from prison and that the group of family members will escort him to a halfway house.

USA Today indicated in a report published on Tuesday — which cited a former House colleague as the source — that the halfway house he’ll be serving his final months in is located in Washington, D.C.

What are your thoughts on the former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s scheduled release from the minimum security Montgomery Federal Prison Camp?

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