Mr. President, Give This Man Clemency Today

A freed man, after putting his life back together, is going back to prison because the government bureaucracy screwed up

Meet Matthew Charles. Mr. Charles served 21 years of a 35 year prison sentence for selling crack cocaine. When the Obama Administration adjusted sentencing standards, the government let Mr. Charles out of prison in 2016.

Having gotten his GED in prison, found Jesus, rebuilt his relationships with family, and worked in a ministry helping young men in prison, Mr. Charles is heading back to prison.

Since his release in 2016, Charles has held a steady job. He volunteers every Saturday, has reconnected with his family, and started a serious relationship. But really, his rehabilitation started years prior. In prison, he took college classes and correspondence courses, he taught a GED program and became a law clerk. With his training, he helped other incarcerated men understand the judicial system long after their public defenders moved on to the next case. Charles kept the secrets of those who were illiterate so they wouldn’t face ridicule or harassment — he read them letters from the court and drafted filings for them in the library. He organized bible studies and counseled newcomers. Two decades in federal insitututions — from maximum to low security — without a single disciplinary infraction. 

A federal judge has determined the Obama sentencing changes did not apply to Mr. Charles and the government should not have let him out of jail. Even the judge finds it outrageous, but to her credit she recognized she did not have the authority to fix the problem.

President Trump does though and he should. President Trump can grant Mr. Charles clemency and should do so immediately.

Comments
phantonym
phantonym

My real question is if the story was identical with one exception - namely that he had discovered the Flying Spaghetti Monster instead of Christ...would you feel the same?! Haha. I don't know enough about this guy one way or another. Sounds like he's found a good path and that's cool.

JaneKMiller
JaneKMiller

@FloridaMan -- Trump is a TV actor. He plays "tough guy law and order" in front of one audience, then goes back to the office and listens to his lawyers who tell him to keep a steady stream of pardons going in order to send the right message to the dozens Mueller has indicted.

We no longer have to guess his strategy now that Gulianni is on the job: they are doing absolutely everything in their power to trash the investigation. Pardons are just one pillar of that strategy.

And Trump knows that his supporters will believe anything he says, so he can pardon half of MS-13 today and have a rally next week and smooth it all over.

Dmiller99
Dmiller99

Dmiller99
Dmiller99

Some study material on why Mr. Charles should be at the back of the line. Just because he is a Christian doesn't mean he gets to jump over those with a lesser criminal history classification. United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Cochran points out there are almost 5000 similar cases and some of them are "black men" with lesser classifications.