After sentencing, Jacksons prep for prison

August 15, 2013

The Associated Press

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife Sandra, leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Jackson was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday. His wife received a sentence of one year.

With their sentences known, Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife must now prepare for their stints behind bars.

A U.S. judge in Washington on Wednesday handed the ex-Illinois congressman a 2 1/2-year prison term and his wife Sandra a yearlong sentence for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.

In a concession to their two school-aged kids, the judge allowed the Jacksons to stagger their sentences so both won't be in prison simultaneously. He'll go in first later this year.

Jackson asked to serve his time in Alabama, while his wife's attorney said she'd prefer a Florida prison. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will make the final decision.

Typically, defendants have several months to prepare for prison after sentencing. Many use the time to read prison guides about rules on the inside.