Matthews resident Jim Black released from prison

Former N.C. House Speaker Jim Black was released from prison today in Georgia. Black was scheduled to be released in March of 2011, but will spend the last six months of his time in a halfway house.
Black pleaded guilty in 2007 to bribery and obstruction of justice charges. The Matthews resident was once one of the most powerful politicians in the state.

“Being separated from my family, friends, and loved ones since 2007 has been difficult. My years in two different institutions have been a period of great personal growth and learning,” Jim Black said in a statement.

“While in office, I made speech after speech about the need for education as a means of reducing the prison population,” he said. “I now know firsthand that this is true. So much of what I have learned these last few years has re-energized my commitment to providing educational opportunities to our state’s young people, as well as adult learners.”

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