TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 3, 2019

One of the first prisoners to be released under a new federal criminal justice reform law is Matthew Charles, a year after he made national headlines when he was re-sentenced and ordered back to prison two years after his release. WPLN reports that today his sentence was unexpectedly reduced to time served, several weeks after the passage of the First Step Act. He could be released within 24 hours. A petition for presidential clemency for Charles has been pending with the White House since last summer. Charles was first incarcerated for selling crack in 1996, and was re-sentenced because he was considered a "career offender."