TN Man in Prison Despite Dropping of Charges

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A judge and prosecutor dismissed the criminal charges against John Leon Smith, but in the eyes of the Tennessee Board of Parole, he's still guilty. He will remain in prison until next year at least — maybe until 2026 — despite a new law he believes was meant to help people like him: people who were released on parole but return to prison because of a new arrest on charges that are later dismissed. The law signed by Gov. Bill Haslam . . .

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