Balloon Boy Dad Richard Heene Released From Jail

Feb. 7 2010, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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As was the first to report Balloon Boy dad, Richard Heene, was set to be released from prison this weekend to enter into a 60 day work release program.

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Now can report that Heene was in fact released Sunday and has transferred to the Alternative Sentencing Unit, which is basically a half-way home.

Heene will have to find gainful employment on his own, and pay a minimum $18 a day fee back to the facility while he is housed in the community style hall.

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A facility insider explained to “It is no picnic and the rules are very strict but everybody wants to comply because it is not a lockdown facility like jail.

“He will have to have a job set-up and cannot work for himself while he is doing work release.

“People entering the program leave at a set time in the morning and return at a set time at night.

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“There are also mandatory drug testing that they have to go through regular check-ups to make sure they are actually at work.

“In addition, they have to show the staff their pay stubs and pay a minimum $18 daily fee which is on a sliding scale depending on how much they are earning.

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“While staying at the facility they have to clean the bathroom areas and their communal bunk and kitchen areas.

“It’s pretty strict and if you do not comply with the rules than you can be sent straight back to jail.”


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