Listen / Viewers of the State of the Union address last week may have taken note as President Trump spoke about one particular guest in the gallery: Matthew Charles. Charles was the first person released under the newly signed First Step Act. The bipartisan reform bill was signed into law by President Trump in December. […]
Two Tennesseans released from prison in the past year because of steps taken by the Trump administration will be guests of the president for tonight’s State of the Union address.
undefined Listen / One of the first prisoners to be released under a new criminal justice reform law is Matthew Charles, a Tennessee man first profiled by WPLN in December 2017.
Listen / The story of Matthew Charles, a Nashville man sent back to prison after being released for more than two years, has become something of a cause celeb, bringing pleas for his clemency all the way to the Oval Office.
Listen / A campaign seeking the release of a Nashville man from prison is flourishing on social media in the week following WPLN’s report on Matthew Charles’s case. Charles was released early in 2016, but a higher court later ruled his sentence reduction was a mistake and ordered him back behind bars. More than […]
When a Nashville man named Matthew Charles was released from prison early in 2016 after a sentence reduction, he’d spent almost half his life behind bars. But in a rare move, a federal court ruled his term was reduced in error and ordered him back behind bars to finish his sentence.
Listen / Matthew Charles understands patience. Twenty years in prison will do that.
Listen / A Nashville man facing another decade in prison, a year and a half after his release, will not receive leniency from the federal prosecutor’s office. This morning, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Donald Cochran, officially declined to modify the government’s position on Matthew Charles’ resentencing.
A Nashville man facing another decade in prison, a year and a half after his release, may be able to continue his life on the outside. Late Friday, hours after WPLN reported on Matthew Charles’ upcoming hearing that would overturn his previously reduced sentence, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger filed an order making a rare […]
Listen / Editor’s note: On Friday night, a judge postponed Matthew Charles’s hearing. See the update here. Last year, a Nashville man got an unlikely chance at redemption. Matthew Charles walked out of a federal prison a decade before the end of his term, after the Obama administration reduced the minimum sentence guidelines for dealing […]