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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 crack. He has spent the past year and a half rebuilding his life.

But now in a rare case, a higher court says he needs to go back behind bars.

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Felons find themselves in a precarious position when they walk out of prison — they often have limited work experience, a criminal background and no time for extensive training. Whether they will return to prison — or not — can come down to one big question: Can they find a job?

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The results of an investigation into Tennessee’s prison conditions won’t be released for a month or so. But those who asked for the outside audit already say it’s a “sham.”