The 49-year-old former Chicago congressman had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison, according to an anonymous source, who said a guard took exception to Jackson's counseling, and decided to punish the longtime South Side politician.
A hearing was held, the source said, and Jackson was cleared of any wrongdoing and asked for a transfer to another prison.
The source said family members were concerned about Jackson’s welfare after the incident and went to visit him in prison.
It took about a month for the transfer to go through, the source said, and Jackson was moved to the prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
A federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said Saturday she could not comment on an inmate’s move. But the Bureau of Prisons’ website now lists Jackson as an inmate at the Montgomery facility, and family members including his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, brother Jonathan Jackson and sister Santita Jackson confirmed that Saturday.
Jackson is serving a 21/2 -year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally using campaign money. He entered prison last October and is due to be released on Dec. 31, 2015, according to the Bureau of Prisons.
The prison camp in Montgomery was where Jackson initially asked to be sent after his conviction.
“I want to make it a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me,” he said, through tears, at his sentencing last year.
If only every other inmate in America had the power to dictate the details of their incarceration.