published Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. makes his prison choice known

CHICAGO — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has said where he wants to serve time for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds.

Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. Lawyers for the Illinois Democrat say they will ask the sentencing judge that he be housed in an Alabama prison camp, or a prison in North Carolina.

In their court filing Monday, the lawyers say Jackson attended college in North Carolina and has significant ties to the area which “he believes will aid his rehabilitation during any term of incarceration.”

Federal prosecutors have recommended four years in prison for Jackson. The government suggests an 18-month sentence for Jackson’s wife. Sandra Jackson pleaded guilty to filing false joint federal income tax returns.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will decide where Jackson will be incarcerated.

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