Chris McNair's age and health made him eligible for an early release.
Attorney Doug Jones wouldn't go into detail about McNair's medical issues, but says he has problems getting around, needs help getting dressed and assistance on a daily basis.
McNair was released early on Thursday after only serving 27-months of a 60-month sentence.
"It just made more sense for him to be out rather than incarcerated at a medical facility," said Jones. "He's been at a medical facility for the last two years."
Now back home in Birmingham, Jones says his client is soaking it all in and taking in all the changes in the city. "He had followed enough to where he wanted to know...where's the new hotel? Where's the new ballpark? He still has an interest in this city and people."
McNair's release comes just as the city prepares to commemorate the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
His daughter, Denise McNair, was one of the four little girls killed.
"It remains to be seen what all he will do," said Jones. "There's a lot going on. But, I feel certain he will not only want to take part in this, but he should take part in those."
Jones says McNair doesn't plan to speak with the media. He says McNair's priorities right now are his family and health.
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