Traficant to Move to Halfway House in March

Posted December 10, 2008 at 11:24am

Ex-Rep. James Traficant is set to move into a halfway house in Youngstown, Ohio — his former district — in advance of his scheduled release from prison this September, the Associated Press reports.

Traficant, who is serving an eight-year prison term for bribery, fraud and racketeering after his 2002 conviction, is to become a resident in March of the Community Corrections Association in Youngstown.

CCA executive Richard Billak confirmed prison officials contacted him to request Traficant be transferred to the facility, the AP reported.

According to records maintained by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Traficant is currently housed in the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., a facility that provides specialized medical and mental health services to male inmates.

After his transfer, Traficant will be allowed to make weekend visits to home, according to Billak.

Traficant, first elected to Congress in 1984, was expelled from the House in 2002. He failed to win back his seat in an independent bid, while serving his prison sentence, later that year.