Kim Kardashian West Pleas For Help To Get Man Housing After Release From Prison
Kim Kardashian West is using her platform to help get housing for a man who was in prison.
She tweeted that Matthew Charles, who was granted clemency earlier this year, was having trouble getting housing because of his past, despite her willingness to help.
“Matthew Charles’s lease application was rejected again bc of his criminal record (even w me paying his rent in advance). If there are any landlords w a 2 bedroom in Nashville willing to give Mr Charles a 2nd chance, contact @[email protected] Serious inquiries only, thank you…”
The Jasmine Brand previously reported that Kardashian West promised to pay Charles’s rent for five years. A Senior Producer at CMT in Nashville, Tim Hardiman, said Kadashian West wanted to help right away.
“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 as 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 truly changed his life.”
He said Kardashian West found out about Charles after coming across a Nashville Public Radio article concerning him return to prison. He was found guilty on drug and weapon charges and spent 20 years behind bars. His sentence was 35 years. While he was released early in May 2016, he was then ordered to complete his sentence and was officially released in January. Charles took to Facebook to thank Kardashian West for her help.
Kardashian West’s plea is her latest move in her fight for prison reform. CNN Analyst Van Jones defended Kardashian West’s efforts saying she helped green light the First Step bill. The legislation aims to help non-violent drug offenders who serve lengthy sentences, as well as reduce the penalty for the three-strike rule.
“Let me tell you something, if Kim Kardashian had not gone to the White House and talked to Donald Trump we would not have passed this bill. We would not have 50,000 people fewer in federal prisons because of this bill, 100 percent of people who are locked up in federal prisons can go home a little bit earlier if they stay out of trouble, 50 percent of them can come home a lot earlier if they work hard, 100 percent of women are not going to be shackled and mistreated. Why? Because Kim Kardashian was willing to put her celebrity on the line for people she didn’t even know.”
“And everybody who said she was being played and she was just being used for a photo op, how you like me now? Look at the scoreboard now — 87 votes to 12 in the U.S. Senate? You can’t get 87 to 12 to change the post office name and we got 87 to 12 to help people behind bars because Kim Kardashian-West was willing to stand up for somebody.”
Kardashian West has been going hard for prison reform ever since her victory of getting a woman named Alice Johnson out of jail. President Donald Trump granted Johnson clemency shortly after Kardashian West’s visit to the White House.
Johnson had been in prison since 1996, serving a life sentence for her involvement in a cocaine ring in Memphis.
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