Matthew Charles was one of the first prisoners released after the passage of the FIRST STEP Act. Prison Fellowship editor Maria Mallory White recently spoke with Matthew about what life has been like since his release, and what he believes are America’s next steps in criminal justice reform.
Matthew Charles had been out of prison for almost a year when the Court of Appeals ordered that he return to prison to serve out the rest of his original 35-year sentence. His story caught the nation’s attention, with hundreds demanding his release. Read on to discover the incredible story of Matthew’s journey.