Former Gov. Edwards gets taste of freedom

Former Governor Edwin Edwards got a chance to feel like a free man again this week.

Federal corrections officials granted Edwards a three-day furlough from federal prison for good behavior.

During his furlough, Edwards spent most of his time at the Cajun Country Campground in Port Allen, according to his brother Marion Edwards.

He visited his family and his children in Port Allen because he couldn’t go across the Mississippi river, because of the distance from the prison he could only go 100 miles, he couldn’t go any further,” Marion Edwards said.

He says his brother is in good spirits and looking forward to the next step in the process, which would be transfer to a halfway house.

Marion Edwards says he figures he spent about 6 hours with his brother.

“We talked about his family and my family and how things are going, but that’s about it,” he said.

Edwards then returned to the federal lock up at Oakdale to continue serving his sentence for corruption.

He has a formal release date in January 2011.

The former Governor will turn 83 years old in August.

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