Former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson will complete her one-year prison term Tuesday, Bureau of Prisons records show.
She and her spouse, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., were convicted in 2013 after he took about $750,000 from his campaign treasury to pay for vacations, luxury goods, celebrity memorabilia and other items. She failed to report much of the income on the couple’s tax returns over many years.
Once a Democratic power couple, the two resigned their offices before entering guilty pleas in federal court in the nation’s capital.
In the months ahead, both Jacksons will be on parole, or what technically is called supervised release.
Sandi Jackson was ordered to spend 12 months on parole when her prison term ended; he was given three years of supervised release that started when he left the bureau’s custody in September 2015.
Sandi Jackson, 53, has been under home confinement with electronic monitoring since Sept. 13, when she left a federal prison in Alderson, W.Va. A source said she is in Washington, D.C., where the couple has a home. Federal officials do not specify the location, citing privacy.
Her husband, 51, also was under home confinement at the end of his sentence. He served most of the 30 months ordered by the court. She entered prison after he got out, based on a judge’s order that allowed one parent free to care for their two children.
Jackson Jr., from Chicago’s South Side, was in Congress from 1995 to 2012. He is the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
She represented the 7th Ward from 2007 until she resigned. Over the years she was her husband’s campaign treasurer or manager or a paid consultant to his re-election efforts.