Kennedy: Jesse Jackson Jr. prison release set for Thursday

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Jesse Jackson, Jr., member of the United States House of Representatives.

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PROVIDENE, R.I. (AP) _ A friend and former House colleague of Jesse Jackson Jr. says Jackson is being released from a federal prison Thursday and into a halfway house.

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press he recently spoke with Jackson at the minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama. The son of the civil rights leader has been serving a 2 {-year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

Jackson began the sentence on Nov. 1, 2013. The Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as Sept. 20, 2015.

Kennedy says the 50-year-old Jackson told him he’d be picked up by his wife, Sandra, his two children and the Rev. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson. They will take him to a Washington, D.C. halfway house.

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