Jesse Jackson Jr.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. gets furlough to visit grandmother

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. gets furlough to visit grandmother

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who is on home detention as he nears the end of his sentence on federal felony charges, has been granted a short furlough to visit a grandmother in South Carolina, court records show.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson — no relation — approved the request by Jackson to travel to Greenville, S.C., from Friday through Monday. Probation officials had agreed with the former lawmaker's request before the judge.

The judge signed off on the furlough request Thursday.

Jackson, imprisoned for looting his campaign treasury of about $750,000, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, which was subsequently reduced after he completed a...

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