Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has been moved to a halfway house, with about six months left on the nearly four-year prison sentence he has been serving since pleading guilty to federal corruption charges in 2012.
Broussard, 67, was in the custody of a federal residential re-entry management field office based in Grand Prairie, Texas, as of Monday; he had been an inmate at a minimum-security prison camp in Pensacola, Florida, as recently as last week.
His release date is still scheduled for Sept. 5, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
The office that has custody of Broussard oversees numerous halfway houses across the region, including four in Louisiana and one in New Orleans, the bureau’s website shows.
Broussard’s attorney, Arthur “Buddy” Lemann III, said Monday that he did not know at which halfway house Broussard is living. But he said he hopes Broussard is near his elderly mother, who lives in Kenner.
“They usually send you ... where you plan to reintegrate into society,” Lemann said. “He’s close with his mother, and the plan is to move in with her after he gets out.”
Broussard’s transfer to a halfway house followed a visit to Kenner in December while on a four-day furlough. He was checking on his mother, who needs care, Lemann said.
Associates of Broussard said he also had time to dine and socialize with friends during his furlough. Such furloughs are not uncommon for white-collar inmates as they get close to completing their sentences.
Broussard, who also previously served as Kenner’s mayor, took office as parish president in January 2004 and resigned at the beginning of 2010 amid a federal corruption investigation. He pleaded guilty two years later to charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and theft.
Broussard, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before his guilty plea, has failed in several bids to overturn his conviction.
Court filings report he has emceed the prison Christmas show, taken continuing education classes, sung in the choir and taught other inmates while behind bars at a number of federal facilities in the South.
Shackles, strip searches and three-day lockdowns also have been part of Broussard’s prison experience, according to the filings.
Halfway house residents are required to find a job, and they may be allowed to drive or use a cellphone for work purposes, the Bureau of Prisons website notes. They may later qualify for a four-hour, weekend recreational pass and can ultimately be moved to home confinement.
John Young replaced Broussard as parish president in 2010. He was succeeded in January by former Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni.