CINCINNATI, JAN. 7 -- Pete Rose was released from an Illinois prison today, due to check into a halfway house here in his home town to fulfill the second phase of a sentence for cheating on his taxes.

Rose is to work three months in the Talbert House's Cornerstone program, in which 45 men from the federal prison system must either work or undergo treatment to earn their way back into society. He starts with orientation to define his program goals and the regulations.

He will live in a room with a metal spring bed, a steel trunk for belongings and a bathroom. The residents live two or three to a room. They include drug offenders and white-collar criminals.

The former Cincinnati Reds manager and baseball's all-time hits leader also must satisfy his federal court sentence by doing 1,000 hours of community service. He is to work it off starting Jan. 14 by serving as a teacher's assistant in gym classes in five inner-city public elementary schools. He must sign in and out of the halfway house and will be monitored closely.

After the school year, Rose is to complete his court-ordered service by working at a community center for youngsters in the city's Lower Price Hill neighborhood. He then will be on probation for nine months.

Rose's wife, Carol, drove him away from federal prison camp in Marion, Ill., this morning, Warden John Clark said. Rose made no statement to reporters except "Great!" in response to a shouted question about how he felt after completing five months there.

Rose earned 11 cents an hour working eight-hour days in a prison welding shop.

"He neither asked for nor was granted any special privilege or condition and was cooperative with our staff," Clark said.