Jesse Jackson Jr. Goes Too Prison

Jesse Jackson Jr. Goes Too Prison

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So much promise lost

Blue Island, IL

#1 Oct 29, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. goes to prison — and gets ready for visits and letters

Disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to federal prison Monday to begin serving his 2 1/2 year sentence — and his lawyer is already planning on coordinating visits from family, politicians and religious leaders, including Minister Louis Farrakhan.

In an unusual twist, after dodging the media for more than a year, Jackson issued a news release announcing his surrender to a North Carolina prison facility, his expected visitor list and even a mailing address for those wishing to write to him.

“He is still in his recovery and he is still diligent in [treating] his bipolar and his depression. In many ways we’re different than a year ago,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. told the Sun-Times.

The South Shore Democrat reported to a federal correctional facility in Butner, N.C., according to his father and a news release issued by Jackson Jr.’s lawyer, C.K. Hoffler.

Hoffler and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) accompanied the younger Jackson to prison, the release said.

“Congressman Jackson and I have been good friends for many years, and I am happy to report that he is in good spirits, all things considered,” Butterfield said in the release.

The younger Jackson, 48, pleaded guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds in August. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), also pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns. She is scheduled to begin serving her year in prison after her husband completes his sentence.

The former congressman sounds ready for company.

“As Jackson begins to serve his term, he is aware that many people have expressed an interest and desire to visit him while he’s incarcerated,” the release said.

Hoffler is planning to “coordinate these visits, which may begin as early as Nov. 8, 2013 with the arrival of Jackson’s family.”

Other expected visitors included Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan, Pastors Rick Warren and Anthony Miller from California; the Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. from Cleveland, Ohio; U.S. Rep. Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio), chairman of Congressional Black Caucus; U.S. Rep Hank Johnson of Georgia, and crisis management expert Judy Smith, the inspiration for the ABC-TV show “Scandal.“

Before those visits begin, Jackson might find himself rubbing elbows with Bernie Madoff, who’s serving a 150-year sentence for running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, or former Chicago Police Comdr. Jon Burge, who is serving four and half years in Butner for lying about his role in torturing criminal suspects to gain confessions.

And Jackson is not the first former Chicago congressman to serve time at Butner. His Second Congressional District predecessor, Mel Reynolds, also served time there for bank and campaign fraud.

Jackson issued no statement of his own, but he “apologized again and expressed sincere regret for causing so much pain and sadness to his family, his constituents and his friends,” according to the release.

“Jesse asked that his heartfelt thanks be extended again to all of those whose prayers and kindness towards him and his family have helped him through this extraordinarily difficult time,” his lawyer said.“His only wish is that a community of love continues to embrace his family and his children, in particular.”

Jackson and his wife have a son, Jesse Jackson III, and a daughter, Jessica.

The release also provided a mailing address for the new federal inmate “for those who have expressed an interest in writing the Congressman:

Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.; Reg. No. 32451-016; FCI Butner Medium I Satellite Camp; P.O. Box 1000; Butner, N.C., 27509

Blue Island, IL

#2 Oct 29, 2013
I will write that f#$king crook!

United States

#3 Oct 29, 2013
Anyone besides me think Obama will pardon Sandy?
sing Jeswse sing

Blue Island, IL

#4 Nov 1, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. projected release date: Dec. 31, 2015

WASHINGTON–Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who started his 30-month sentence on Tuesday, has a projected release date of Dec. 31, 2015, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website. That date makes the assumption Jackson will have almost two months shaved from his sentence for good behavior.
Jackson is serving his time in a minimum security prison “camp” at the Butner prison complex in North Carolina. The facility does not have cells and inmates live in what a Butner spokesman said is “a dormitory style setting.”
The spokesman also said,“Camp inmates are afforded job opportunities throughout the complex with work details to include: outside garage, outside warehouse, unicor, orderly positions (inside the camp and the other facilities within the complex), grounds maintenance, electrical, laundry, tutor positions within education and food service.
“The standard clothing issue to an inmate is khaki shirt and pants, underwear and socks.”
Unicor is the name for the Federal Prison Industries program.
Jackson and his wife, Sandi, a former Chicago alderman, pleaded guilty in February to looting their campaign funds of $750,000 over seven years. Sandi Jackson, convicted of not paying income taxes on the money she stole, will serve a year sentence after her husband returns from Butner.
obama every other word

Chicago, IL

#5 Nov 1, 2013
Pardons wrote:
Anyone besides me think Obama will pardon Sandy?
Nobody besides you thinks you "think" at all.
crazy Joe Gatrell

Bolingbrook, IL

#6 Nov 1, 2013
The crazy Joe Gatrell should interview Congressman Jesse Jackson. This interview would complement, his interview of Mayor Peloquin. The fourth estate is a wonderful thing.
Hey Joe tell the truth

Bolingbrook, IL

#7 Nov 2, 2013
crazy Joe Gatrell wrote:
The crazy Joe Gatrell should interview Congressman Jesse Jackson. This interview would complement, his interview of Mayor Peloquin. The fourth estate is a wonderful thing.
Crazy Joe Gatrell would just sugar coat the Peloquin years of mismanagement. A Hallmark of corruption. The JAWA water boondoggle, closed bridges, police brutality lawsuits, millions in debt. this is what Peloquin gave us.
New Sherriff

Oak Lawn, IL

#8 Nov 3, 2013
Hey Joe tell the truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Crazy Joe Gatrell would just sugar coat the Peloquin years of mismanagement. A Hallmark of corruption. The JAWA water boondoggle, closed bridges, police brutality lawsuits, millions in debt. this is what Peloquin gave us.
It will only get better with Mayor Rita
Bring It On

Blue Island, IL

#9 Nov 8, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. gets prison visit from Pastor Rick Warren

WASHINGTON–Saddleback mega-church Pastor Rick Warren visited former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. at his North Carolina prison on Friday, according to a release from a publicist representing one of Jackson’s lawyers.
Jackson is serving a 30-month sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Facility, with the possibility of having 54 days shaved off his sentence for good behavior.
Warren and Associate Pastor Anthony Miller from Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. visited Jackson according to a release.
“This is a private moment and we just want to love on him and pray with him,” Reverend Warren said in a statement. It is not clear why a press release was issued if indeed the pastor wanted a “private moment” with Jackson.
Atlanta attorney CK Hoffler has announced she is “facilitating” Jackson visits. She said in the statement the pastors “reported that the Congressman was in good spirits all things considered. He continues to regret all of the pain, shame and embarrassment that he has caused his family, his constituents and his friends but has begun the process of repaying his debt to society.”

Antioch, CA

#10 Dec 1, 2013
Jesse Jackson Jr. is a child molesting, crack head, wino, degenerate who should rot in prison. He stole little kids candy money for drugs and liqour for campaign sex parties.
He will have a new Bubba

Blue Island, IL

#11 Apr 5, 2014
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred after prison dispute

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 49-year-old former Chicago congressman had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison, according to the source, who said a guard took exception to that.

As a result, the longtime South Side politician was placed in solitary confinement for four or five days more than a month ago, the source said.

A hearing was held, the source said, and Jackson was cleared of any wrongdoing and asked for a transfer to another prison.

The source said family members were concerned about Jackson’s welfare after the incident and went to visit him in prison.

It took about a month for the transfer to go through, the source said, and Jackson was moved to the prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

A federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said Saturday she could not comment on an inmate’s move. But the Bureau of Prisons’ website now lists Jackson as an inmate at the Montgomery facility, and family members — including his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, brother Jonathan Jackson and sister Santita Jackson — confirmed that Saturday.

Jonathan Jackson said he’s very happy that his brother has been moved.

Santita Jackson said her brother entered prison wanting to make a “contribution” and “interact well” with the people around him.

“He wanted to be of service to people serving time with him,” she said.

Jackson is serving a 21/2 -year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally using campaign money. He entered prison last October and is due to be released on Dec. 31, 2015, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

The prison camp in Montgomery was where Jackson initially asked to be sent after his confiction.

“I want to make it a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me,” he said, through tears, at his sentencing last year.

The Alabama prison camp has housed several government figures over the years, including former Nixon administration Attorney General John Mitchell.

Rev. Jackson, reached in Tokyo, said his son, who suffers from bipolar disorder and depression, is “doing much better.”

“He’s been very disciplined in his health-recovery regimen,” said the elder Jackson, who’s in Japan leading a Rainbow PUSH delegation meeting with executives of automakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda,“He’s been doing a lot of reading and writing.”

Santita Jackson said,“He is so much better, and, for that, we are all grateful.”

She said family members have been visiting her brother regularly.

“Of course, we’ve been seeing him through this,” she said.“He has visitation, and we have been going to see him.

“He’s in prison. He’s not disappeared. He is our family. We love him, and we go see him.”

Chicago, IL

#12 Apr 6, 2014
Jesse Jr. Was a potential bright spot for our country but Unfortunately Jr. Is paying for the sins of his corrupt, unfaithful, and self-serving father. One can only imagine what his family life may have been. At the end of it all let's pray he recovers from his illness and more attention is shed on how devastating mental illness can be .

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