Second chance stalls for Parker Co. man granted clemency

Second chance stalls for man granted clemency

BOYD, Texas -- Two months after having his life sentence commuted, Dickey Joe Jackson faced another setback Tuesday to his path to freedom.

Jackson, 58, had his home detention revoked, meaning the convicted felon may have to spend the rest of his sentence — which ends Dec. 1 — in a Fort Worth halfway house.

April Anderson says it is a major blow for her father and her family.

"It's incredibly upsetting," Anderson said. "I was hoping to renew my wedding vows next week. My dad never got to see me walk down the aisle."

Jackson was convicted in 1996 for trafficking methamphetamine. His family says he did it to help pay for medical expenses for his youngest son, Cole.

Jackson was one of 200-plus non-violent federal inmates granted clemency by President Barack Obama in August. The clemency did not end his time in custody, however.

Jackson went to a federal halfway house in Fort Worth before being accepted for home detention in mid-September.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has list of 17 requirements inmates must adhere to at all times to maintain eligibility for home detention, including being reachable on the phone.

Jackson was starting his second day at work at a new job in Rhome on Tuesday when Anderson says staff from the halfway house called and said they could not reach him.

Anderson drove to pick her father up at work and then commute back to Fort Worth only to learn his home detention had been revoked.

"It's honestly terrifying, because I feel like he's in a position being a federal felon, where it doesn't take much for him to be thrown right back where he was," Anderson said.

The non-profit Volunteers of America - Texas runs the halfway house in Fort Worth. It's president, Angela King, says decisions on discipline for inmates are made by the Bureau of Prisons.

“It is a conflict, and it is hard sometimes for folks to understand what the rules are," King said.

However, King added it is unlikely that Jackson will serve the remaining two months of his sentence away from his family.

"It is possible that they come back to the halfway house for a relatively short period of time, and then transition back again,” King said.

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