Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) has been transferred to an Alabama prison following a reported dispute with prison officials that led to him being placed in solitary confinement.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Jackson was transferred Friday from the North Carolina prison he entered last October to a prison camp in Montgomery, Ala. A Bureau of Prisons spokesman declined to tell the Tribune why Jackson was moved to a new facility, citing security and privacy issues.
But an unnamed source told the Chicago Sun-Times that Jackson was placed in solitary confinement for four or five days more than a month ago after he angered a guard by advising his fellow inmates about their rights in prison. Jackson was cleared of wrongdoing after a hearing and asked to be transferred to another prison, the source said.
Jackson’s father, Rev. Jesse Jackson, told the Tribune that his son’s health was the reason for the transfer. As CBS Chicago pointed out, the Montgomery prison camp has a residential drug and alcohol treatment program that Jackson could complete to potentially be granted an early release.
This post has been updated.