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Jesse Jackson Jr. Gives Prison Preferences

Former congressman, his wife to be sentenced Wednesday

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    It goes without saying that former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. still hopes a federal judge in Washington D.C. will consider giving him a sentence of probation.

    But realizing the chances of that happening are slim, Jackson, through his lawyers, made a formal request today to be incarcerated at the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery, Ala.

    "FPC Montgomery is the closest FPC to Washington, D.C.," Jackson's attorneys wrote, "and would, as such, allow Mr. Jackson to maintain contact with his wife and children during incarceration."

    It is possible Jackson would have to do his time at a different class of facility, known as a Federal Correctional Institution. If that is the case, he has asked the court to be sent to FCI Butner, in Butner, N.C.

    The attorneys note the Butner facility is within 500 miles of Washington and would provide the same access for Sandi Jackson and the couple's children. Plus, they note, Jackson attended college in North Carolina, "and has significant ties to the area, which he believes will aid in his rehabilitation during any term of incarceration."

    Having pleaded guilty to looting his campaign fund of $750,000, Jackson and his wife are to be sentenced in district court in Washington on Wednesday.