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Fumo skips halfway house, goes straight to house arrest

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, who is fresh out of federal prison and was originally slated to spend time living in a halfway house, is now enrolled in a “home-confinement program,” according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Fumo skips halfway house, goes straight to house arrest

Former State Senator Vincent Fumo leaves the halfway house in North Philadelphia, Tuesday, August 6, 2013.  (  Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
Former State Senator Vincent Fumo leaves the halfway house in North Philadelphia, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) Steven M. Falk

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, who is fresh out of federal prison and was originally slated to spend time living in a halfway house, is now enrolled in a “home-confinement program,” according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

That means he can live under house arrest in his Fairmount mansion, on Green Street, where reporters spotted him last night. It was originally reported that Fumo would be living for some time at the Klintock Group halfway house in North Philadelphia. 

Bureau spokesman Chris Burke said Fumo entered the program yesterday, meaning Fumo probably slept at home last night. He declined to provide more specifics about Fumo's case but described how the process works.

He said deciding where to place a returning citizen is made on a "case-by-case basis." Factors include whether the offender has another housing option, whether he or she needs the services provided by the facility and whether they've been on good behavior.

Fumo, a local political powerhouse until his 2009 corruption convinction, is in federal hands until Feb. 2. 

The South Philly Democrat has to work, or be actively seeking work, as part of the program. Burke declined to say where Fumo will be working.

Fumo's lawyer, Dennis Cogan, has previously told the Daily News Fumo will be working a $10 per hour job in his law office. 

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