Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Reports To Prison

Source: Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON — A case filled with strange twists and turns took a detour into confusion Monday night when a spokeswoman linked to former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. announced that the ex-congressman had reported to federal prison but prison officials said he was not in custody.

Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, an Atlanta publicist for Jackson lawyer C.K. Hoffler, said Jackson arrived at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina sometime after 2p.m. Chicago time Monday.

But Chris McConnell, Butner’s executive assistant and public information officer, was contacted after Jackson’s announced arrival time and denied that Jackson was there. And Ed Ross, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman in Washington, noted that the “inmate locator” on the prison system’s website listed Jackson as “not in BOP custody” late Monday.

The contradiction could not immediately be reconciled. But WLS-TV reported that Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat who was said to have accompanied Jackson, explained that a paperwork problem at Butner was being worked out. At sentencing, Jackson had been ordered to report to prison for his 30-month sentence no earlier than this coming Friday.

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