Jesse Jackson Jr., the former United States representative from Illinois as well as the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson Sr., has been moved from a federal prison camp in North Carolina to a prison in Alabama, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday.
The transfer from one facility to another occurred on Friday. While prison officials refused to comment on the reason for the transfer, due to security and privacy issues, Jackson’s father said his son’s health was the reason.
Jackson Jr. was reportedly having bipolar issues.
It has been further learned that Jesse Jackson Jr. was placed in solitary confinement for five days - over a month ago - after advising inmates of their rights, to which a guard took exception. After being cleared of having done nothing wrong by advising prisoners of their rights in prison, the prison transfer was granted to Jackson.
Jackson entered the federal facility in North Carolina on Oct. 29, 2013, and is scheduled to be released from his incarcerated state on Dec. 31, 2015. Reportedly, he may be allowed to go to a halfway house or be put on a home monitoring program prior to the posted release date.
Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison after having gone wild in spending campaign donations, to the tune of $750,000. He was convicted of having squandered the political money on such things as celebrity memorabilia, vacations, luxury and household materials, and even a pair of elk heads.
The Alabama facility, of which Jackson has been transferred to, was his first choice of institutions when he was sentenced. The North Carolina prison camp was his second choice. His new prison location is on Maxwell Air Force Base on Montgomery.
Jackson’s alleged cohort in the criminal activities, wife Sandra Jackson, confessed to a tax violation and was sentenced to 12 months in prison. She will begin serving her time when Jackson Jr. has finished paying his prison-time debt to society.