Jesse Jackson Jr. Moved to Alabama Prison After Dispute

The former congressman sought a transfer after being put in solitary confinement for advising fellow prisoners on their rights. 

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Former Democratic congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves a federal courthouse in 2013 after being sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is serving a two-and-half-year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally using campaign money, has been moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Ala., the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The 49-year-old former representative from Chicago, who entered prison in October, clashed with prison officials and was placed in solitary confinement as a result, the Sun-Times reports.

Sources told the Sun-Times that prison officials took issue with Jackson's advising other inmates in the North Carolina prison about their rights. Jackson was placed in solitary confinement for more than four days and later cleared of any wrongdoing. Jackson then asked to be transfered to another prison, the Sun-Times reports.

The sources told the Sun-Times that Jackson's relatives went to visit him in prison and were concerned about his welfare after the incident.

According to the Bureau of Prisons' website, Jackson is now at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Santita Jackson told the Sun-Times that her brother wanted to make a "contribution" and "interact well" with the people in prison.

"He wanted to be of service to people serving time with him," she told the Sun-Times.

Read more at The Chicago Sun-Times.

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