Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves a Baltimore halfway house, where he spent part of his 30-month sentence for misusing campaign funds. Vanessa Johnston reports.
After 20 months in federal custody, Jesse Jackson Jr. walked out of a Baltimore halfway house and back into society. Seventeen of those months were spent in prison. The former Illinois congressman -- and son of civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson -- was convicted in 2013 of misusing 750,000 dollars in campaign funds -- On things like fur capes, celebrity memorabilia, and a Rolex. Now Jackson -- once considered among the most promising black politicians in the U.S. -- has been released to finish out his 30-month sentence in home detention...although his wife, Sandi, is due to report to federal prison by the end of the year on a related conviction.