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Garcia out of prison, serving rest of term in halfway house

Garcia out of prison, serving rest of term in halfway house
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 4:46pm

Former El Paso ISD superintendent Lorenzo Garcia is out of a Pennsylvania prison.

Garcia was sentenced to prison in 2012 in part for a cheating scandal that pushed hundreds of kids out of the district, for which he earned bonuses tied to test scores.

He's now living in an undisclosed halfway house somewhere in the south central region, but reporting to a Dallas County residential reentry management field office until the end of his prison term, which is in November.

He spent a total of one year and eight months behind bars. He was originally sentenced to three years.

NewsChannel 9 was the first to report how Garcia's prison term had been cut.

He was allowed to get out early for completing a drug abuse program despite judicial recommendations against the reduction.

Congressman Beto O'Rourke also sought answers from the Bureau of Prisons about why they went against judicial recommendations and cut Garcia's sentence.

They told him in a letter dated in April that Garcia had no violent past and met all the requirements to qualify for a sentence reduction through the abuse program.

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