By Jonathan Tilove

The specific date for Edwards' release has not been made public. The federal Bureau of Prisons said it does not announce the date in advance of the release.

And those hoping to hear first-hand the former governor's reflections on his experience and plans for the future may have to wait until after he completes his six months in the halfway house.

"My family is looking forward to the new year and our father being released from Oakdale Federal prison in January when he will go to a federal halfway house," Edwards' daughter, Anna Edwards, who lives in Denham Springs, said in a short statement released this morning. "During his six months of halfway house he will be subject to the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Prisons which include no contact with the press. Naturally he will abide by all rules and regulations."