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Burge Reports to Prison Wednesday

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 14, 2011 2:30PM

Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is set to report to prison Wednesday and he'll be serving his 4-1/2 year sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex near Raleigh, NC. That's the prison that also houses noted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff.

Burge's attorneys asked the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to take his health into consideration in sentencing him. They must have listened. Butner has a medical facility able to accommodate Burge's ailments; he's due for a followup prostate cancer procedure in April. Burge also looks to be getting out early by participating in an alcohol treatment program, which usually shaves time off one's sentence.

Butner also has medium- and low-security wings in the prison, which Burge's attorney's were also hoping would be taken into consideration in his sentencing. They didn't want Burge in a prison where he may have been confronted by criminals he dealt with while he was a cop.