Question is, was 45 years behind bars long enough to make up for what he did?
Thomas Hagan was the only person who ever admitted to being involved in the murder of the great civil rights leader, Malcolm X. Since 1965, he has been in jail, fulfilling his sentence, for a crime he admits was the deed of a young man who "acted out of rage on impulse and loyalty" to religious leaders.
Now, at age 69, he has finally been paroled and released, a decision that took 17 times for the courts to agree to and is highly objected to by groups dedicated to Malcolm X's memory.
Hagan has expressed constant regret for what he has done and now that he is free, he is hoping to use the master's degree he received in sociology while serving time to become a substance abuse counselor.
That's nice, but there are just some things can't be undone.
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