Kim Kardashian is continuing her work in prison reform, proving she’s much more than a reality TV star.
In 2018, Kim met with President Trump to help pass the First Step Act, which assists formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into society. Later that year, she played a major role in Alice Marie Johnson’s release from prison, solidifying herself as an advocate for inmates.
As a result of the First Step Act, 52 year-old Nashville man Matthew Charles was the first individual to be released. He served 20 years of a 35-year sentence for drug charges, before being granted early release in 2016. Two years later, however, he was ordered to return to prison to finish his sentence. In January of 2019, he was released again, after Kim mentioned his case in her 2018 meeting with Trump.
When she initially heard about Charles, Kim tweeted about the injustices she saw with his case, pointing out that he had “completely rehabilitated himself.” In the time since his first release, Charles had gotten a job, reconnected with his children and grandchildren, and even began volunteering at a soup kitchen.
This man is sentenced to 35 yrs for selling drugs. He serves over 21 yrs, is released, finds a job, new relationship, starts a new life, & now is being sent back for another 10 yrs because the original release was an error. This man has completely rehabilitated himself. So sad https://t.co/msLsMSHGxh
And now, after hearing that Charles was being denied housing due to his prison record, Kim has offered to pay his rent for five years. Tim Hardiman, a senior producer at CMT in Nashville, confirmed the news to Us Weekly.
“Kim reached out privately to Matthew yesterday 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 told the publication. “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.”
Though Kim has yet to speak publicly about her offer, Charles took to Facebook to express his overwhelming gratitude. “Kim did not do this for attention or publicity,” Charles wrote. “But I had to share it, because it’s to [SIC] good not to, and my heart is about to burst with happiness.”