UPDATED: 1/30/2013 – 4:55 p.m.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Former Gov. George Ryan left the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., early Wednesday morning, and will spend the rest of his sentence under home confinement at his house in Kankakee.
Ryan left the federal prison camp under cover of darkness at 1 a.m. Wednesday. He arrived for a short stay at a halfway house in Chicago, and CBS has confirmed Ryan has now returned to his home to complete the final six months of his sentence there.
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Former Gov. Jim Thompson told CBS 2 that Ryan was at his home, spending time with his family.
“I am looking at him now in his living room,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of happy faces here.”
Family members burst at the seams with joy at the Ryan home in Kankakee, as his children and grandchildren gathered all day to visit him.
“He can’t get a word in edgewise there, because they’re talking to him,” Thompson said. “They’ve got all sorts of stuff to tell him after 5 ½ years.”
Many federal prisoners, including several high-profile politicians, have spent their final months at a halfway house before being released from custody. However, prisoners also can qualify for home confinement at the end of their term.