Vick's release expected Wednesday

Updated: May 20, 2009, 2:02 AM ET
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Concerned about Michael Vick's security, the Federal Bureau of Prisons remains secretive about exactly when he will leave the federal penitentiary after serving 23 months for a dogfighting conspiracy.

The suspended NFL quarterback's release could come under the cloak of darkness, sources close to Vick told ESPN's Kelly Naqi. Paperwork is being processed Tuesday and Vick is expected to leave prison sometime Wednesday.

Upon his release, Vick will travel to his home in Hampton, Va., about a 19-hour trip if he chooses to drive. He will not be escorted by federal authorities and must report to the probation office in Norfolk on Friday, at which time he'll begin serving home confinement.

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For two months, the suspended NFL star will be largely confined to his home and will wear an electronic monitor that allows federal probation officials to track his movements. He is expected to be released from federal custody on July 20.

Vick will be allowed to go to his full-time construction job and will likely be allowed about five hours a week for other court-approved activities, according to Ed Bales, managing director of Federal Prison Consultants, an inmate rehabilitation advocacy group.

Permissible activities for inmates on home confinement typically include things like medical appointments, religious obligations and meetings with probation officials. No dinners out. No chilling at a friend's house.

And definitely no bars.

"He's going to be pretty much read the riot act: 'If we catch you in one situation like that, it's back to you know where,'" Bales said.

One restriction tailored specifically for Vick for his three years of supervised probation: He can never again own a dog. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson already made that decision when he sentenced Vick. He also ordered enrollment in a substance abuse program if Vick's parole officer deems it necessary.

During the day, Vick will earn $10 an hour as a general laborer at one of W.M. Jordan Co.'s 40 commercial construction sites, company president John R. Lawson has said.

The only people Vick will be with during his home confinement are his fiancée and their children. The five-bedroom, 3,538-square-foot brick home in Hampton has an assessed value of $748,100, according to Hampton city tax records.

At the NFL owners meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he will not make any decision on Vick until his full sentence runs its course. That means Vick's move to home confinement makes no difference in his current status with the league.

Goodell has said that he wants Vick to demonstrate remorse for his actions in order to be reinstated. Asked what Vick must do to demonstrate remorse, he said "I think that's going to be up to Michael. Michael is going to have to demonstrate to the public and the fans ... what he's learned [during his imprisonment]."

"I've never been shy about input from others if it can help," Goodell added when asked whether character references for Vick would inform his decision. "If someone's got information, I welcome it."

Goodell said he has yet to speak with former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy about Dungy's recent visit with Vick, saying they have traded phone calls but have yet to reach each other directly.

ESPN.com senior NFL writer Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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