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Prosecutors: Jackson Can Get Treatment In Prison

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Sandi Jackson

In this Aug. 5, 2010 photo, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., right, and his wife Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, left, applaud as President Barack Obama is introduced at Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Federal prosecutors are refuting the contention by defense attorneys that Jesse Jackson Jr. should spend less time in prison because a lengthy sentence would cause his fragile mental health to deteriorate.

In a court document filed Monday, they say the Bureau of Prisons has hundreds of mental health experts who can treat the former Illinois congressman for bipolar disorder and depression.

Prosecutors are asking for the judge to impose a four-year prison sentence.

Jackson's wife has pleaded guilty to filing false joint income tax returns. In a court document, Jackson says his wife is asking for probation but if she's sentenced to prison, he asks to serve first. He says his health issues leave him unable to work now and that she can work to support their children.

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