WASHINGTON -- Former state senator John Ford is going to the big house next month, but after the intervention of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, it will be much closer to Memphis.
Cohen confirmed Thursday that his office made a request to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to look into changing Ford's incarceration from a minimum-security federal-prison camp at La Tuna, Texas, to a similar facility in central Louisiana.
Ford, 65, is to surrender to federal authorities next month to begin serving a 5 1/2-year sentence after his conviction last April for taking $55,000 in bribes as a state legislator.
Cohen said former congressman Harold Ford Sr. told his brother to seek Cohen's office's assistance as a constituent. Cohen said Bureau of Prisons guidelines suggest that a prisoner should be within 500 miles of his former home unless other factors are present.