CHICAGO (CBS) — Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is serving the remainder of his federal prison sentence in home confinement, visited his ailing grandmother in a South Carolina hospital.
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday tweeted a photograph of his son kissing Helen Burns Jackson on the forehead.
Jackson Jr. will be on home confinement in Washington, D.C., until late September, and then his wife, Sandi, will report to prison in late October, to begin her one one-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
A judge approved Jackson’s request to travel to Greenville, S.C., from Friday through Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Jackson has been at home since June after spending 17 months in federal prison, and another three months in a Baltimore halfway house.
Jackson was moved from a federal prison camp in Alabama to the halfway house in March, after spending about 17 months in federal prisons in North Carolina and Alabama.
He was able to get six months knocked off his original sentence for completing a substance abuse treatment program while behind bars. He also received credit for good conduct.
While in prison, he also attended daily therapy sessions to help him with bipolar disorder and depression. He said he still suffers from depression, and is continuing therapy and medication to manage his symptoms.
Jackson, 50, pleaded guilty in 2013 to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds to pay for his family’s lavish lifestyle. According to court documents, the Jacksons made dozens of personal purchases using campaign funds, including: memorabilia autographed by Michael Jackson, Eddie Van Halen, and Bruce Lee; fur coats and capes; two stuffed and mounted elk heads; a $43,500 Rolex; vacations to Disney World and Martha’s Vineyard; various electronics; gym memberships; their children’s private school tuition; and more.