"Ex-Governor George Ryan released from home confinement 1 day early," is by Jason Knowles of WLS-TV.
Former Gov. George Ryan has been released from home confinement.
Ryan was freed from federal custody on Wednesday-- one day before his scheduled parole date of July 4th.
Ryan, 79, was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in 2007, but his sentence was reduced for good behavior. He served more than five years in federal prison before being placed on home confinement in January.
While he was occasionally allowed to leave his Kankakee home during the past five months, a release from home confinement makes Ryan a free man. The Republican is still on probation.
"Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan released from custody," is the AP filing via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man.
The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and in January he was moved to home confinement.
In 2000, while he was Governor of Illinois, he imposed a moratorium on executions in the state and appointed a blue ribbon commission to examine the state's application of capital punishment. The Report of the Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment was issued in 2002, containing 85 specific recommendations ranging from law enforcement investigative techniques through the clemency process. In 2003, Ryan commuted the sentences of everyone on Illinois' death row. Successive governors kept the Ryan-imposed moratorium in place.
On March 9, 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the legislation that repeal the state's death penalty.
George Ryan re-engaged the American conversation on the efficacy and morality of capital punishment in the post-Furman age.
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