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Ex-lawmakers Gallison, Doyle released from prison

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Two former state lawmakers have been released from federal prison sooner than their original sentences called for.

Former State Rep. and House Finance Committee chairman Raymond Gallison Jr., who admitted stealing from one client who was dead and another who was disabled, is now listed as being in a Residential Reentry Center, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

A reentry center is commonly referred to as a halfway house. A BOP spokesperson declined to say where Gallison was placed, writing in an email “for privacy, safety and security reasons, we do not discuss information about an individual inmate’s conditions of confinement or release plans.”

But inmates are generally assigned close to their home. Pawtucket has the closest halfway house to Gallison’s hometown of Bristol. He may also have the option to be placed on home confinement, depending on the circumstances.

Gallison was sentenced to 51 months in 2017, and was set to be released in January 2021. Inmates are often released to a halfway house six months prior to the expiration of their sentence, but his release this week puts that timeline ahead of schedule.

Also out is former State Sen. James E. Doyle, who was sentenced to two years after pleading guilty in a bank fraud case.

Doyle’s status shows “not in BOP” custody, which means that unlike Gallison, he is free of the prison system.

Doyle’s sentence was set to expire in spring 2021.

Both men were also given three years of supervised release. Gallison was serving time at Devens federal prison in Ayer, Mass., while Doyle was at Lewisburg prison in central Pennsylvania.

It is unclear if the ongoing pandemic played a role in either of their premature exits from prison. A BOP spokesperson declined to give a reason for their release.

Tim White ( is the Target 12 managing editor and chief investigative reporter at 12 News, and the host of Newsmakers. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook

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