Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison for his misuse of campaign funds to finance a lavish lifestyle. After release from prison, Jesse Jackson Jr. will have three years of supervised release and 500 hours of community service.
His wife, Sandi Jackson, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for for filing false tax returns. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson told the former Chicago alderwoman, “Parents are sentenced to prison all the time. It’s sad but survivable.” Sandi Jackson was ordered to serve 12 months of supervised release following her prison term.
Judge Berman Jackson said Wednesday that as a public official Jesse Jackson Jr. was supposed to live up to a higher standard. The judge will not require that both parents serve their prison sentence at the same time, so one can be home with the children.