Ravenel to finish sentence at home

Former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, shown here in a May 2008 interview at his Edisto Island home, has been released from a halfway house and will serve the remainder of his federal drug sentence in home detention.

Former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has been released from a halfway house in North Charleston and will serve the rest of his sentence on home detention.

The federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed the move Thursday.

Ravenel is required to keep a job and live in his home residence, said Ron James, community corrections manager at the bureau office in Atlanta. He would not confirm what type of work Ravenel is doing.

Ravenel began serving a 10-month sentence in late May for a cocaine charge. He was moved from the federal lockup in Jesup, Ga., to the halfway house in December. The date for his release from custody is listed as late March.

Ravenel, 46, a Republican, was elected state treasurer in 2006 and was in office for about six months before he was indicted. Federal prosecutors said Ravenel used and shared the drug with friends but did not sell it. He pleaded guilty to one federal count of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine.