Kardashian-West Pays Rent for Man Freed Under First Step

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Three days after he revealed he could not find housing in Nashville, Matthew Charles learned he would not have to worry about paying rent for the next five years, thanks to Kim Kardashian-West. “Now, all… I have to do is find the place,” said Charles, The Tennessean reports. Charles was released from prison Jan. 3 under the First Step Act,  signed by President Trump in December. The law allows judges to apply drug sentencing reforms retroactively. Kardashian-West and other celebrity activists brought attention to the reform push that eventually became the law.

Since his release, Charles has bought a car, been staying with a friend in Nashville and found a job with Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a nonprofit justice reform advocacy group. When he went to apply to rent a town home last week, he was denied on the basis of his criminal history and his lack of credit after being incarcerated for more than 20 years.  Charles was convicted of a non-violent drug offense. On Sunday, Charles said Kardashian-West had stepped in to aid him once again. “Kim did not do this for attention or publicity, but I had to share it because it’s to (sic) good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness, that I wish you to rejoice in this news with me,” Charles wrote on Facebook.

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