Jesse Jackson Jr. Stirs Up Trouble in NC Prison – Is Transferred to Alabama
Former Democratic Representative, Jesse Jackson Jr., was moved to a federal prison in Alabama after stirring up trouble in the North Carolina facility where he was confined.
The Huffington Post reported, via Politomix:
Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved to an federal prison facility in Alabama following a dispute at the North Carolina prison where he was serving a 30-month sentence for misusing campaign funds.
Family of the ex-Illinois congressman confirmed to ABC Chicago over the weekend that Jackson was transferred to a minimum-security federal prison in Montgomery following disputes at the North Carolina prison that led to Jackson being placed in solitary confinement.
The Bureau of Prisons declined to provide the Chicago Tribune specifics over Jackson’s transfer, citing privacy and security reasons.
A source told the Chicago Sun-Times the 49-year-old Jackson was reportedly advising his fellow inmates about their rights in prison when a guard “took exception to that.” Jackson was then placed in solitary confinement for five days more than a month ago.
After a subsequent hearing where Jackson was cleared of any wrongdoing, Jackson requested to be transferred to FPC Montgomery — the facility he listed as his top choice during sentencing.
Additionally, the Montgomery facility has a residential drug and alcohol treatment program — something the North Carolina facility lacked, CBS Chicago notes.
Jackson Jr. suffers from bipolar disorder and depression, and previously sought treatment at Mayo Clinic before his conviction.