Kim K. Raises Eyebrows after She Pledges to Pay 5 Years' Rent for Man Recently Released from Prison

Manuela Cardiga
Mar 13, 2019
02:19 A.M.
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Kim Kardashian has promised to help a recently released homeless inmate by paying for his rent for 5 years.


Kim Kardashian has proved that there is more to her than just a pretty face and that her commitment to criminal justice reform is genuine.

The reality star has pledged to support a recently released federal prison inmate, subsidizing his rent for the next 5 years.


"[Charles] 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."


Matthew Charles was released from prison after serving 21 years on a 35-year sentence for dealing one gram of crack cocaine.

Charles rebuilt his life, got a job - but he was ordered back to prison in 2018, two years after his sentence was ruled unfair.


Charles had originally been convicted on a non-violent drug and weapons charge, under a law that applied the same sentence for 1 gram, or 100 grams of cocaine.


After fighting for his freedom, Charles won on appeal, but all he had built in those two years of freedom was in tatters and his housing application was denied due to his criminal record.



Kim, who had been a vocal defender of Charles throughout his ordeal, stepped up and pledged that she would pay his rent for the next five years, and the ecstatic ex-convict shared the news.



Charles had originally been convicted on a non-violent drug and weapons charge, under a law that applied the same sentence for 1 gram, or 100 grams of cocaine.

Charles had been carrying 1 gram and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Under a new prison reform law by the Obama administration, Charles was released, having been a model inmate for the duration of his 21-year sojourn in federal prison.

Among his supporters, were several celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian and former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton.



Kim Kardashian has long been an advocate for criminal justice reform, an Matthew Charles' is not the first cause she has taken up.

The reality star appealed to President Donald Trump for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a mother of 5 who had been sentenced to life in jail with no chance of parole in 1997 for drug trafficking.

Due to Kim's intervention, Johnson was released after 21 years in prison, at the age of 62. She was present at President Donald Trump's State of the Union on February 5th, 2019, during which he requested that Johnson stand, and she received a standing ovation by members of the United States Congress.

As a result of Kim's intervention, President Trump granted her clemency, and Johnson, 63, was released after serving 21 years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Aliceville, Alabama.

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