Jesse Jackson Jr. wants prison close to Washington DC

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When Jesse Jackson Jr. is sentenced on Wednesday, his lawyers plan to ask the judge to recommend that he serve his time near Washington D.C. so he can be near his kids and his wife.

Jackson is asking to be housed in a prison camp in Montgomery Alabama or in the Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina. That institution, called Butner, is where disgraced ex-Chicago cop Jon Burge is doing his time for lying in a civil deposition.

Jackson’s lawyers indicated on Monday that Jackson attended college in North Carolina and has significant ties to the area which “he believes will aid his rehabilitation during any term of incarceration.”

The request was made public today in a filing by the former congressman’s lawyers.

The ultimate decision as to where Jackson will serve his time is up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which considers the recommendation by the sentencing judge.

Prosecutors have asked that the judge sentence the former congressman to four years in prison. And they are asking that his wife Sandi Jackson serve 18 months.

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