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Edwards expected to be released today

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It appears former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is only hours from being released from prison.

Sources tell WAFB 9NEWS a transfer order has been approved that allows Edwards to be released from the federal detention center in Oakdale, LA and report to a halfway house in Baton Rouge by noon Friday. 

It appeared likely he would be released early Thursday morning, sources said.

Edwards has served eight-and-a-half years of a 10-year sentence for bribery related to riverboat casino licenses. Federal rules required Edwards to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

The halfway house, known as the "Ecumenical House," is in Baton Rouge's "Mall City," which is located off Florida Boulevard.

Reportedly, Edwards will likely have to report there three times a week, but he will not actually live at the facility.

If approved by the Bureau of Prisons, Edwards will be allowed to live with relatives throughout his six-month probation period.

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