I-Team: How George Ryan bypassed the halfway house

January 30, 2013 7:22:18 PM PST
Some may be tempted to believe that former Illinois Governor George Ryan finagled a prison-system perk and managed to get around staying in a Chicago halfway house.

Ryan is not the first politician to bypass a stay in a halfway house but it appears that is was more of a procedural action.

Ryan, 78, would need few if any of the house's services offered to ex-cons transitioning back to society.

When he arrived at near West Side house first thing Wednesday morning, Ryan hadn't brought a toothbrush.

He knew that he wasn't going to be staying at the Salvation Army facility; and wouldn't spend even one night there, according to federal authorities.

During his finals weeks in the Terre Haute, Ind. penitentiary, Ryan was informed that he was going to bypass a halfway house assignment and be allowed home confinement.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has that discretion and has several criteria for whether a released inmate should be allowed to stay clear of a halfway house.

Age and health, financial and family support, home stability and post-prison job needs are among the concerns.

Clearly Ryan fits the requirements, the taxpayers save money and a spot in the halfway house is opened up for somebody who needs it more.