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Former Sen. Bromwell released from federal prison

Former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell Sr., who was sentenced to seven years in prison on a federal bribery conviction, has been released into a community reintegration program, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Thursday.

Leah Ominsky, a prisons official, confirmed that Bromwell, 63, has been released to a residential re-entry program but remains a federal inmate until his sentence is completed. Ominsky declined to say whether Bromwell is being held at a halfway house or what the conditions of his release are.

"The idea is a reintegration into society. It could mean many different things: It could mean working, it could mean getting passes to volunteer," Ominsky said. "It doesn't say you're free to go. … There's a very close watch."

Inmates on release are monitored 24 hours a day, according to the Bureau of Prisons website. Inmates with six months or less on their sentence are eligible for home detention, according to the site. Bromwell would have reached that date Feb. 4, according to online records.

A comment on the Facebook page of his son, Del. Eric M. Bromwell, told of a big event.

"Trying to keep my composure. Huge day for the Bromwell family!" he wrote Wednesday morning. The delegate, a Baltimore County Democrat, could not be reached for comment.

Thomas Bromwell, also a Democrat and one-time chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, pleaded guilty in 2007 to racketeering conspiracy and tax evasion charges for accepting bribes from a construction firm and helping it to get state work. His wife, Mary Patricia Bromwell, who received almost $200,000 for a no-show job with the contractor, was also convicted in the scheme.

She received a year and day in prison and served most of her sentence first so her husband could look after their young children. He is scheduled to be finally released in August, according to online records.

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