Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from the Alabama minimum security facility he is currently serving time in for a halfway home in Washington D.C.

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After being convicted of illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds and serving a year and a half in prison, former U.S Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is being released to a halfway home in Washington D.C. Jackson Jr. is son of prominent reverend Jesse Jackson, and former Illinois Congressman. His father announced the news on his son’s behalf Thursday, calling it a “joyous occasion”.

Jesse Jr. served time in the Federal Prison Camp at Montgomery, Alabama starting November 1, 2013. At his trial court documents showed he and his wife spent campaign money on dinners, electronics, and other costly personal items, including $43,350 on a gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on furniture for children. His wife, a Chicago alderman, was also sentenced to a year in federal prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income that the couple received.


Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Jackson would serve out the remainder of his 2 1/2-year term in a Washington, D.C. halfway house, after visiting him on Monday. Jackson will also serve three years on supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service. The U.S Bureau of Prisons has penned his official release date as September 20, 2015.

-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)