Former state Sen. Ford to be imprisoned closer to Memphis home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Former state Sen. John Ford's prison sentence will be served much closer to his Memphis home after the intervention of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.

Cohen told The Commercial Appeal on Thursday that his office's request to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to change Ford's incarceration from a minimum-security federal-prison camp in Texas to a similar facility in central Louisiana was granted.

Ford is scheduled to surrender to federal authorities next month to begin serving a 5 1/2-year sentence. He was convicted last April for taking $55,000 in bribes as a state legislator.

Cohen told the newspaper former congressman Harold Ford Sr. told his brother to seek Cohen's assistance as a constituent.

Cohen says the request was made based on prison guidelines that suggest a prisoner should be within 500 miles of his former home unless other factors are present.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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