CHICAGO -- Prison officials say George Ryan didn’t get any special consideration when he was allowed to return home and skip staying at a halfway house after his release from prison.
The former Illinois governor left an Indiana prison Wednesday after serving more than five years for corruption. He stopped briefly at a Chicago halfway house. But in a surprise to many, he was allowed to travel on to his Kankakee home.
Bureau of Prisons’ spokesman Chris Burke says Ryan’s status wasn’t factored in. He says rules prevent him from speaking about Ryan’s specific case. But he says age and health are typically among the factors.
Ryan will be on home confinement until his term is officially completed July 4. He can only leave the house on rare occasions with prior permission.