Kim Kardashian Promises To Pay 5 Years Rent For Prisoner Denied Housing After Being Granted Clemency
Kim Kardashian West is continuing on her quest to change prison reform and how prisoners are treated once they are released. It was the news heard ‘round the world last year, when Kardashian West played and instrumental role in helping Alice Johnson be freed from prison after serving over 20 years on a small drug offense. Now, the reality star and beauty mogul is helping another prisoner who was recently granted clemency—by promising to their rent for 5 years once they are released.
Kim Kardashian West was very important in the process to get the First Step Act passed and the first person released from jail as a result of the new prison reform act was Matthew Charles. Kardashian West found out that Charles, who was granted clemency earlier this year, was denied housing upon his release because of his background, which includes the 20-year prison stint, and she has committed to helping him financially.
According to reports, specifically from Tim Hardiman, senior producer at CMT in Nashville, Kardashian West was so moved by Charles’ story she decided to help:
“Kim reached out privately to Matthew after hearing he was having a hard time getting approved for an apartment and has generously offered to pay five years of his rent. He was overwhelmed by Kim’s offer and graciously accepted. Her generosity will allow him to save enough money to eventually put a down payment on a house. It’s truly changed his life.”
Hardiman revealed that Kardashian West initially heard about Charles’ story when she saw a Nashville Public Radio article about his return to prison. Charles was convicted on drug and weapon charges and served 20 years of his 35-year prison sentence before earning early release in May 2016. In 2018, however, he was ordered to finish his sentence before being finally freed again in January 2019.
Hardiman also said that the pardoning of Alice Johnson helped Charles get attention:
“Kim then met with President Trump in May of last year to speak to him about pardoning Alice Johnson, and also mentioned Matthew Charles in that conversation. She later discussed Matthew’s situation when she met with the president in September.”
Charles took to social media to express his gratitude for Kardashian West’s extreme generosity, writing an emotional post that read:
“I just received the most wonderful news tonight that I just had to share with everyone. Kim Kardashian-West … heard about my situation. Was moved and has decided to help me. 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.”
Kim Kardashian West has repeatedly stated that her focus and commitment to prison reform is not just something that stops with Alice Johnson, and that she plans to keep going and help free as many people as possible.
Meanwhile, you can catch the season 16 premiere of her popular reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, when it airs March 31st.
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