Thompson: Ryan in 'Decent Spirits' Upon Release
CHICAGO, IL - Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson says George Ryan is in "decent spirits" after being released from the federal prison where he served more than five years on corruption charges.
Thompson accompanied the former Illinois governor on his trip from the lock-up in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Chicago, where Ryan stopped briefly at a halfway house before moving on to his home in Kankakee.
In response to questions about whether George Ryan received special treatment by being let out early and serving the rest of his sentence at home, his lawyer says prison officials didn't cut his client a break because he's a former governor.
Thompson says the U.S. Bureau of Prisons "is tough" and doesn't "play favorites."
He noted officials didn't grant all of Ryan's requests to get out of prison to see his wife before she died in 2011. He was not allowed to attend her funeral.
Rather, Thompson says decisions to grant an inmate an early exit from prison come after considering the inmate's age and health.