Matthew Charles was released from prison and was finding it hard to get a place for himself, and that's when Kim Kardashian stepped in!
Kim Kardashian-West has generously offered to pay an ex-con's house rent for five years, according to TMZ. Kim reportedly reached out to Matthew Charles through social media as he was the first person to be released under the new reform laws after he finished serving 20 years out of his 35-year sentence for non-violent drug and weapons charges. Matthew took to Facebook to share the news. He wrote: I just received the most wonderful news tonight that I just had to share with everyone. Kim Kardashian-West, through Tracy, said they heard about my situation. Was moved and has decided to help me.
Kim Kardashian has agreed to pay former inmate Matthew Charles' rent for the next five years.— Complex (@Complex) March 12, 2019
When Charles was granted clemency, he was repeatedly denied housing due to his criminal record: https://t.co/O12y3pSGm3 pic.twitter.com/wvTdC1inYV
He continued: And to me in an unbelievable way. Kim did not do this for attention or publicity, but I had to share it, because it's to good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness, that I wish you to rejoice in this news with me. And many of your responses about the outcome of my dilemma prophesied it. GOD IS GOOD!!!. WHAT THE DEVIL MEANT FOR BAD, GOD REVERSED AGAIN, FOR MY GOOD.
He thanked Kim K profusely through his post, THANK YOU KIM KARDASHIAN-WEST and TRACY FOR THE LOVE SHOWN TO ME WHEN I WAS LOCKED UP. AND NOW THAT I'M FREE.. MY HEART IS ENLARGED. He also said he would be using the money to pay his rent so he can save up to get himself a place of his own. It was also reported the details of the offer are still being worked out with Kardashian-West's financial team along with Charles and his friend Hardiman.
Kim Kardashian paying 5 years of rent for prisoner who was denied housing pic.twitter.com/d7U7oAHVp9— Celebrity’s Tea (@Celebritysteaa) March 12, 2019
Kim Kardashian- West first heard of Matthew's story through an article shared on Twitter, which said Charles was first granted an early release in May 2016 by mistake, and then was asked to finish out the rest of his sentence two years later. Charles really wanted to stand back on his feet and he was able to do so when he purchased a vehicle and stay with a friend, but he was finding it hard to find a place of his own to stay.
As reported by the Tennessean, Hardiman shared on Monday night, "He's been humbled by the response we've gotten since the story was published. We're still looking for a place that's a good fit for him. Kim's generosity has made that a lot easier." Matthew was sentenced to prison in 1996 and was released in 2016 under the Fair Sentencing Act. He had to return to prison last year after an appeals court overturned a judge's first ruling. He was then released on January 3rd under President Trump's First Step Act.
“This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community. The First Step Act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Now, states across the country are following our lead. America is a nation that believes in redemption,” Trump said, in his State of The Union Speech according to Vox.
Kim Kardashian-West is paying for five years worth of rent for a Tennessee man recently released from prison who says he couldn't find housing in part because of his criminal past. https://t.co/erxGI0JLD6 pic.twitter.com/IpjIkrUWnL— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC7News) March 12, 2019
The First Step Act was passed with immense support from both Democrats and Republicans, as it takes modest steps to alter the federal criminal justice system and ease very penal prison sentences at the federal level. The act is said to affect only the federal system, which has about 181,000 imprisoned people, and it holds a small but significant fraction of the US jail and prison population of 2.1 million in total.
This law will allow thousands of people to earn themselves an early release, but not every inmate would. An algorithm system would be used to define who gets to be released early by cashing in their earned time credits. Inmates who have been deemed to be of higher risk will not be able to cash their credits, but that does not mean they can't use it at a later stage if their risk levels have reduced.